RFQ INLG# 2022-10254943 – PLUMBING MATERIALS

SF-18 Form   (PDF – 596KB) Request for Quote Exhibit 2    (PDF – 267KB) Pricing Purchase card overseas clauses   (PDF – 15KB) Updated Aug-2020 National Defense Authorization Act   (PDF – 244KB) NDAA Certification Documen t  ( PDF – 147KB) All quotes should be submitted in electronic format via e-mail address only to: Guatemalainlbids@state.gov Deadline to receive offers / RFQ Closing Date: Tuesday November 2, 2021 before 16:00 hours Contact for any questions: Ana Turcios Email: ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 19, 2021)

Location:  Guatemalan Congressional Building, located on 9a Avenida, between 9 Calle and 10 Calle, Zone 1, Guatemala City Event: The Embassy has received information that protests by retired Guatemalan military officials have turned violent at the Guatemalan Congressional Building.  Please immediately avoid the area. U.S citizens should remain alert to the possibility of demonstrations or road closures ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 19, 2021) The Embassy of the United States of America Guatemala City, Guatemala Location:  Guatemalan Congressional Building, located on 9a Avenida, between 9 Calle and 10 Calle, Zone 1, Guatemala City Event: The Embassy has received information that protests by retired Guatemalan military officials have turned ... Read More»

The United States Announces New Humanitarian Aid in Central America and Mexico

Press Statement Ned Price, Department Spokesperson October 15, 2021 The United States, through the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), is providing more than $20 million in additional  assistance to help meet urgent humanitarian needs for the nearly 700,000 asylum seekers, refugees, and vulnerable migrants in Central America and Mexico.  This ... Read More»

Justice Department Anticorruption Task Force Launches New Measures to Combat Corruption in Central America

Friday, October 15, 2021 The Department of Justice today announced a tip line to help assist its Anticorruption Task Force fight corruption in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, a key component of the Vice President’s work to address the root causes of migration. “As the Vice President recognized during her visit to Guatemala earlier this ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 12, 2021)

Location: Throughout Guatemala   Event: The Embassy has received information that retired Guatemalan military officials are coordinating nation-wide demonstrations starting at 6:00 am on Wednesday, October 13, through Friday, October 15, 2021.  These demonstrators intend to create roadblocks to shut down traffic both in Guatemala City and around the country. U.S citizens should remain alert to the possibility ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 12, 2021)

Location: El Obelisco, Zone 10, Guatemala City Event: The Embassy has received reports of a peaceful demonstration underway (today, on Tuesday, October 12, 2021) by the March for Dignity, Indigenous, Black and Popular Resistance (Marcha por la Dignidad, Resistencia Indigena, Negra y Popular) in the vicinity of El Obelisco, Zone 10, in Guatemala City.  Expect heavier than normal ... Read More»

RFQ 19GT5022Q0003 – Sanitaryware and Accessories

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is requesting quotations for: Sanitaryware and Accessories   (PDF – 599KB) Quotation submission: All quotations must be submitted via email only to:  GuatemalaBids@state.gov    Deadline to receive offers: Quotations are due Wednesday, October 27, 2021 by COB (17:00 hours). For more information, contact: Ingrid Cifuentes, 3071-9635  CifuentesIG@state.gov Read More»

The United States Embassy launches the Community Solutions Program (CSP)

REF# 2021 - 25 October 4, 2021 The Embassy of the United States in Guatemala launches call for applications for the Community Solutions Program (CSP).  The CSP is sponsored by the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State, and is implemented by IREX.  This program offers community leaders from around the world an ... Read More»

Diversity Visa Lottery Open to Guatemalans in 2023

REF# 2021 - 25 October 4, 2021 The Immigration Act of 1990 established the Diversity Visa (DV) program, where 55,000 immigrant visas would be available in an annual lottery, starting in fiscal year 1995.  The lottery aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants mostly from countries with low rates of immigration to ... Read More»

RFQ 19GT5021Q0062 – PVC Pipes and Accessories

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is requesting quotations for:   PVC Pipes and Accessories   (PDF – 713KB) Quotation submission: All quotations must be submitted via email only to: GuatemalaBids@state.gov Deadline to receive offers: Quotations are due Friday, October 22, 2021 by COB (17:00 hours). For more information, contact: Ingrid Cifuentes,  3071-9635  CifuentesIG@state.gov Read More»

RFQ 19GT5021Q0061 – AWG Flexible Copper Wire

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is requesting quotations for: AWG Flexible Copper Wire   (PDF – 630KB) Quotation submission: All quotations must be submitted via email only to:  G uatemalaBids@state.gov Deadline to receive offers: Quotations are due Friday, October 22, 2021 by COB (17:00 hours). For more information, contact: Ingrid Cifuentes,  3071-9635  CifuentesIG@state.gov Read More»

RFQ 19GT5021Q0060 – Construction Wood

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is requesting quotations for: Construction Wood  (PDF – 594KB) Quotation submission: All quotations must be submitted via email only to:  GuatemalaBids@state.gov    Deadline to receive offers: Quotations are due Friday, October 22, 2021 by COB (17:00 hours). For more information, contact: Ingrid Cifuentes, 3071-9635  CifuentesIG@state.gov Read More»

Guatemalan Independence Day

09/15/2021 Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the people of Guatemala on this very special 200th anniversary of independence. The people of the United States and Guatemala have an enduring friendship rooted in shared values, commerce, culture, and familial ties.  The ... Read More»

Bicentennial of Independence in Central America

09/15/2021 Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State On behalf of the American people, I convey regards to our Central American neighbors in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, who today are each celebrating the 200th anniversary of their independence, initially as a united Central America. This special celebration inspires recognition of the many ... Read More»

The United States Provides Support in the Response to COVID-19 in Guatemala, Highlights Collaboration with MSPAS

REF# 2021 – 24 September 14, 2021 In an event held at the Guatemalan School of Nurses, the United States Government thanked the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance for its collaboration in the response to COVID-19 in Guatemala and delivered a batch of more than 770 thousand specialized syringes designed for the COVID-19 vaccine.  With this donation, there are already 1,246,000 thousand syringes in Guatemala as a result of the United States’ COVID-19 support. In his speech with the Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance, Dr. Amelia Flores, the Ambassador highlighted that U.S. support has included oxygen concentrators, supplies, tents, medicines, medical equipment and technology for laboratories, as well as technical assistance at all levels of clinical care. Currently, cooperation is focused on efforts to increase vaccination in Guatemala, such as assisting in the installation of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Popp on the Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

Today we mark 20 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in the City of New York, Washington DC and over the fields of Pennsylvania. The darkness of that day can never be erased but each year brings us a chance to remember those that ... Read More»

Health Alert: Embassy of the United States of America, Guatemala City, Guatemala (September 3, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Subject:  Health Alert – State of Public Calamity and New COVID-19 Restrictions (September 3, 2021) The Government of Guatemala has announced a nation-wide State of Public Calamity, from September 4, 2021 – until October 1, 2021, due to a substantial increase in COVID-19 infections in Guatemala.  The State of Public Calamity is decreed to ... Read More»

Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 31, 2021 The United States joins others around the world in commemorating the first International Day for People of African Descent.  This day was created to promote the extraordinary contributions of Africans and members of the African diaspora around the world and is an opportunity to ... Read More»

NIV Appointment Changes Announcement

REF# 2021 - 22 August 27, 2021 Due to ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala regretfully announces the rescheduling of nonimmigrant visa appointments scheduled between September 1, 2021, and April 30, 2022.  The safety and security of all visa applicants and staff remains a top priority.  This change comes as the result of our continued ... Read More»

DHS Statement on Supreme Court Decision on MPP

Release Date: August 24, 2021 The Department of Homeland Security respectfully disagrees with the district court’s decision and regrets that the Supreme Court declined to issue a stay.  DHS has appealed the district court’s order and will continue to vigorously challenge it.  As the appeal process continues, however, DHS will comply with the order in ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 18, 2021 This statement has been co-signed by Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, Honduras, Guatemala, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Senegal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.  Begin Text: We are deeply worried about ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Afghanistan

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON August 15, 2021 The below reflects the list of signatory countries as of August 16. The following is the text of a joint statement on Afghanistan released by the following: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, ... Read More»

Health Alert – State of Public Calamity and New COVID-19 Restrictions

Health Alert: Embassy of the United States of America, Guatemala City, Guatemala (August 14, 2021) Location: Guatemala Subject:  Health Alert – State of Public Calamity and New COVID-19 Restrictions (August 14, 2021) The Government of Guatemala has announced a nation-wide State of Public Calamity, in effect until September 11, 2021, due to a substantial increase in COVID-19 ... Read More»

RFQ 19GT5021Q0050 – Police Kiosk in Guatemala City

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is requesting quotations for: RFQ 19GT5021Q0050 – Police Kiosk in Guatemala City   (PDF 13 MB) Questions and Answers   (PDF – 67KB) Quotation submission: All quotations must be submitted via email only to:  GuatemalaBids@state.gov Deadline to receive offers: Quotations are due Friday, September 10, 2021 by COB (17:00 hours). For more information, contact: Ingrid Cifuentes 3071-9635  CifuentesIG@state.gov Read More»

19GT5021Q0043 – Electrical Materials

The U.S. Embassy of Guatemala is requesting quotations for: 19GT5021Q0043 – Electrical Materials   (PDF 93 KB) Quotation submission: All quotations must be submitted via email only to:  GuatemalaBids@state.gov Deadline to receive offers: Quotations are due Friday, September 10, 2021 by COB (17:00 PM). For more information, contact: Ingrid Cifuentes 3071-9635  CifuentesIG@state.gov Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: The Embassy has received information that CODECA (Comité de Desarrollo Campesino) will demonstrate across Guatemala on Monday, August 9, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.  CODECA is planning to demonstrate and block roads at the following locations: Chimaltenango: San Miguel El Tejar, km 50. Chimaltenango and Tecpán: Paso el libramiento Huehuetenango: El Naranjo ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 5, 2021)

Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: The Embassy has received information that demonstrations/roadblocks are underway at the following locations: CA-9, Km 38: San Vicente Pacaya CA-14, Km 132: Cumbre de Santa Elena, Baja Verapaz AV-09, Km 256: Aldea Cubilhuitz, Alta Verapaz RN-7E, Km 237: La Tinta, Alta Verapaz RN-12, Km 277: Ixchiguan, San Marcos CA-11, Km 204: Puente Jupilinguo ... Read More»

U.S. Visa Actions Supporting Democracy and Combatting Corruption in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

Press Statement Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State August 4, 2021 The United States is launching a new visa restriction authority as part of our effort to help the people of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador improve their political, economic, and security conditions.  Too often, such improvements run up against the obstacles of corruption and ... Read More»

The US Maintains Border Security through Expedited Removal for Certain Family Units 

REF# 2021 - 21 August 4, 2021 Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security continued with the expedited removal for certain family units who are not able to be expelled under Title 42.  Today’s removal flight was the third flight since the program’s resumption on Friday and returned 16 families.  Expedited removal provides a lawful, more accelerated procedure to remove ... Read More»

Quédate Aquí

¡QuedateAqui! ¡Quédate Aquí! es una serie de videos producidos por USAID Guatemala, filmados por el director nominado al Globo de Oro Jayro Bustamante y presentado por la actriz nominada al Globo de Oro María Mercedes Coroy. Con el propósito de ayudar a los jóvenes de 15 a 24 años a tomar el control de su futuro, ... Read More»

DHS Statement on Expedited Removal Flights for Certain Families

Release Date: July 30, 2021 Asylum and other legal migration pathways should be readily available to those who need them, and this Administration is committed to fairly and efficiently considering asylum claims.  Those not seeking protection or who do not qualify will be promptly returned to their country of origin. Consistent with that approach, the ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (July 30, 2021)

Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: The Embassy has received information that demonstrations/roadblocks are underway at the following locations: CA-9, Km 37: Entrance to San Vicente Pacaya CA-9, Km 63: Entrance to Escuintla CA-2, Km 178: Puente Castillo Armas, Retalhuleu Franja Transversal Del Norte, Km 427: San Antonio Raxruhá Franja Transversal Del Norte, Km 511: Aldea Chichoy, Ixcán Ruta ... Read More»

Vice President’s Cover Letter: U.S. Strategy for Addressing the Root Causes of Migration in Central America

July 29, 2021 Cover Message from Vice President Kamala Harris In Central America, the root causes of migration run deep—and migration from the region has a direct impact on the United States. For that reason, our nation must consistently engage with the region to address the hardships that cause people to leave Central America and ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: The Collaborative Migration Management Strategy

July 29, 2021 On February 2, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order that called for the development of a Collaborative Migration Management Strategy (Migration Strategy).  Over the last six months, the Administration has consulted with partner governments, Members of Congress and their staff, international organizations, civil society organizations, labor unions, and the private sector ... Read More»

Demostration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (July 28, 2021)

Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: The Embassy has received information that several planned demonstrations, which include roadblocks, will take place across Guatemala starting Thursday July 29.  Several civil & student organizations seeking the resignation of the President and Attorney General of Guatemala have announced their intention to coordinate protests and road blocks throughout the many departments and localities ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration Blueprint for a Fair, Orderly and Humane Immigration System

July 27, 2021 The United States can have an orderly, secure, and well-managed border while treating people fairly and humanely. In January, the Biden-Harris Administration  launched  a broad, whole of government effort to reform our immigration system, including sending to Congress legislation that creates a new system to responsibly manage and secure our border, provide a ... Read More»

United States and Concerned Nations Stand Together for the Cuban People

Press Statement Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State July 26, 2021 Beginning on July 11, tens of thousands of Cubans across the island took to the streets to  peacefully demand their fundamental freedoms and a better future.  The Cuban government responded with violence. Today, democracies around the world are  coming together  to support the Cuban people, calling ... Read More»

Remarks on the Urgency of Global Climate Action

John Kerry, Special Presidential , Envoy for Climate Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London July 20, 2021 Thank you Robin for a remarkably generous introduction. Ladies and gentlemen I accept the nomination. [laughter] I really appreciate Robin being here and I’m a great admirer of the incredible work of Chatham House, so thank you very, very much for being part of this. ... Read More»

U.S. Government Aid of 3 Million Vaccines Arrives in La Aurora

REF# 2021 - 2 July 20, 2021 Today, Charge D’ Affaires Daniel Fennell joined Minister of Health Amelia Flores at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City to receive a donation of an additional 3 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to Guatemala. This second shipment adds to the 1.5 million doses shipped to Guatemala on July 8 ... Read More»

The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention

July 14, 2021 Location: Guatemala The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention, in effect July 14-28, 2021, due to a substantial increase in COVID-19 infections in Guatemala.  The State of Prevention restricts public gatherings, enforces mask wearing and other sanitary measures in public spaces, and restricts the sale and consumption of alcohol in ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City (July 12, 2021)

Location:  Guatemala Event:  U.S. citizens are now permitted to depart Guatemala for direct return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. Guatemalan regulations now permit departure on an expired passport of U.S. citizens who qualify to use this exception. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be ... Read More»

U.S. Government Aid of 1.5 Million Vaccines Arrives in La Aurora

REF# 2021 - 18 July 2, 2021 Today, Ambassador William Popp joined President Giammattei, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pedro Brolo, and Minister of Health Amelia Flores at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City to receive a donation of 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines.  The donation by the United States Government of 1.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ... Read More»

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas at Handover Ceremony Migrant Reception Center

July 7, 2021 Good afternoon. This reception center for returned migrants is a shining example of the power of partnership and what two countries can do to respect the dignity of individuals. And in this particular case, the wellbeing of Guatemalans who are returning here to Guatemala and how best we can assist them in reintegrating into their communities here to best achieve ... Read More»

Ambassador William Popp visits one-of-a-kind facility supporting agriculture in Guatemala

REF# 2021 - 15 July 2, 2021 Yesterday, Ambassador Popp joined Vice Minister of Energy and Mines Manuel Arita, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Atzum Arévalo, and Vice Minister of Rural Economic Development José Miguel Duro to tour the U.S.-supported MOSCAMED facility at El Pino.  While at El Pino facility, they learned about the history of MOSCAMED, including collaboration with the ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Remarks Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Ben Franklin Room Washington D.C. July 1, 2021 MS JOHNSTONE: Good afternoon, and welcome. My name is Kari Johnstone. I am the acting director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for joining us virtually to mark the release of the 2021 Trafficking ... Read More»

U.S. Releases Section 353 List of Corrupt and Undemocratic Actors for Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

Press Statement Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State July 1, 2021 The United States is committed to improving social, economic, and political conditions in Central America because U.S. security and prosperity is tied to the success of our regional partners. Actions that undermine the rule of law and democracy in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, ... Read More»

353 Corrupt and Undemocratic Actors Report

July 01, 2021 Report to Congress on Foreign Persons who have Knowingly Engaged in Actions that Undermine Democratic Processes or Institutions, Significant Corruption, or Obstruction of Such Corruption in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras Section 353(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2021 (Div. FF, P.L. 116-260) Consistent with Section ... Read More»

Routine Message – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – June 24, 2021

Location: Travel into the United States Event:  Temporary Suspension on the Importation of Dogs into the United States. On June 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a  Notice of Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from High-Risk Rabies Countries  suspending the importation of dogs from countries classified by the CDC as high risk for dog rabies (Guatemala is included on this list) AND ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 20, 2021) Demonstrations

Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: Several planned demonstrations will take place across Guatemala between Monday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 23. These demonstrations may include roadblocks. The known participants are veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces. The participants have announced their intention to protest and/or block multiple roads, but specific locations have yet to be confirmed. Given all currently ... Read More»

Press Conference: USAID Administrator Samantha Power and Ambassador Popp

06 June, 2021 Moderator: good evening. On behalf of the United States Embassy in Guatemala and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), I warmly welcome you to this press conference which aims to summarize Administrator Samantha Power’s visit to Guatemala. To begin with, I give the floor to the Ambassador of the United ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 17, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Event: As of 1400 EST on June 17, 2021, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL reported that a broad area of low pressure over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico has produced cloudiness, showers, and thunderstorms. A tropical or subtropical depression is likely to form over the west-central Gulf of Mexico tonight or ... Read More»

Designation of Republic of Guatemala Congressperson Boris España Cáceres Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON June 17, 2021 Today, we are announcing the public designation of Guatemalan Congressperson Boris España Cáceres, due to his involvement in significant corruption. In his official capacity, España has been involved in corrupt acts, including bribery and interfering with ... Read More»

Remarks Administrator Power and Ambassador Popp at the Launch of Guatemala Entrepreneurship and Development Innovation Program

Transcript Administrator Samantha Power Thanks to all of you, I apologize [to be he here a little late] to get started, we were having very important discussions, I hope, with the President of this country I have the chance to convey just how important is US and Guatemala relationship […] to the Biden-Harris Administration [and ... Read More»

Statement by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Expansion of Access to the Central American Minors Program

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON Begin Text: The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration have been making progress toward reinstituting and improving the Central American Minors (CAM) program since our agencies launched the first phase of its reopening on March 10.  As part of this focus on ... Read More»

Action the Biden-Harris Administration Has Taken to Address the Border Challenge

The White House June 15, 2021 The Biden-Harris administration is working to rebuild our immigration system after four years of chaos and mismanagement. The trend of border apprehensions in  May  is a reduction of individuals (unique encounters) and families below the peak in 2019. Border numbers fluctuate, however, based on annual migration trends and that is ... Read More»

The Embassy of the United States of America Guatemala City, Guatemala

Message to U.S. Citizens: Special Election for Texas Special Runoff Election in U.S. Congressional District 6, and Ohio Special Primary Election in U.S. Congressional Districts 11 & 15 Submit your absentee ballot now for these special elections for federal office:  The following states have elections in the next 90 days: July 27, 2021: Texas Special Runoff Election in U.S. Congressional District 6 August 3, 2021: Ohio Special Primary Election in U.S. Congressional Districts 11 & 15 The State ... Read More»

USAID Administrator Samantha Power travels to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala

Media Advisory For Immediate Release Friday, June 11, 2021 Office of Press Relations press@usaid.gov U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala from June 13-17 to advance USAID’s efforts to help address the governance, economic, and security challenges that are driving Central Americans to migrate north. ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City (June 9, 2021)

Location:  Guatemala Event:  U.S. citizens in Guatemala are not currently able to directly return to the United States with expired U.S. passports. Until further notice, travelers departing from Guatemala are required to travel on a valid U.S. passport, since Guatemalan regulations do not currently permit departure on an expired passport. If you are traveling from another overseas ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Harris and President Giammattei of Guatemala in joint Press Conference

Palacio Nacional de la Cultura Guatemala City, Guatemala For Immediate Release                             June 7, 2021 11:45 A.M. CST PRESIDENT GIAMMATTEI:  (As interpreted.)  Thank you very much.  You may take your seats, please. Truth be said, for the government and people of Guatemala, ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Harris at a Community Leaders Event

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT For Immediate Release June 7, 2021 Universidad del Valle de Guatemala Guatemala City, Guatemala THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr.  Ambassador.  Good afternoon to all of you.  It is so good to be with you in person.  The last conversation that we had virtually through Zoom was very helpful to ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Harris And President Giammattei Of The Republic Of Guatemala Before Bilateral Meeting

The White House June 7, 2021 Palacio Nacional de la Cultura Guatemala City, Guatemala PRESIDENT GIAMMATTEI: I’m trying to express in English to give you the best reception here in Guatemala. Thank you very much for your visit. For us, it’s very important to have you here because it means that Guatemala and the United ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: U.S. – Guatemala Cooperation

JUNE 07, 2021 Following a bilateral meeting with Guatemalan President Giammattei, and in light of the U.S. desire to partner with Guatemala to address the economic, governance, and security conditions influencing, out-migration, Vice President Harris announces the following: Anticorruption Task Force The Department of Justice, with support from the Department of State, will create an ... Read More»

A Statement from the U.S. Embassy, Guatemala City: Bilateral efforts to realize safe, orderly and regular migration

The Government of the United States and the Government of Guatemala established working groups to increase our bilateral communication and cooperation on addressing the root causes of irregular migration.  These working groups consider the participation of other actors, including national institutions, U.S. agencies, and the essential role of multilateral organizations. The working groups seek to develop and fund local institutional capacity and build ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Brolo

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 4, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo today.  Secretary Blinken noted that the United States values our partnership with Guatemala and we are closely following the recent challenges to anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala. ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 4, 2021)

Location: Guatemala City Event:  Due to a VIP visit, traffic congestion around Guatemala City on Monday, June 7th, is expected to be higher than usual and the public should expect significant delays. Specific areas impacted will be zones 10 and 1. Streets will be closed with little to no notice for indefinite periods of time. Additional security ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Establishing the Fight Against Corruption as a Core U.S. National Security Interest

JUNE 03, 2021 The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to tackling corruption as an economic and national security priority, and has pledged to lead international efforts to bring transparency to the global financial system and close loopholes that undermine democracy. As the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance states: “We will take special aim at confronting corruption, ... Read More»

Biden-Harris Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses

Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses to be Shared Globally June 3, 2021 As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Global Vaccine Distribution

June 03, 2021 As the United States continues our efforts to get every eligible American vaccinated and fight COVID-19 here at home, we also recognize that ending this pandemic means ending it everywhere. As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable. And the United States ... Read More»

Weather Alert – United States Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala – Hurricane Season 2021

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane Season which lasts through November 2021. Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center  expects the 2021 season to be above average.  Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, but do not anticipate the historic level of storm ... Read More»

Vice President Kamala Harris’s Calls with Foreign Leaders on the Global Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT For Immediate Release June 3, 2021 Statement by Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders on Vice President Kamala Harris’s Calls with Foreign Leaders on the Global Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines Vice President Kamala D. Harris spoke this morning to President Andres Manuel ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Harris Before a Meeting with Private Sector Leaders to Discuss Economic Development in the Northern Triangle

Vice President’s Ceremonial Office 4:06 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, I want to thank this distinguished group of leaders for joining us this afternoon for this discussion.  We promise it to be a very productive discussion about how we can collaborate, how we can maximize opportunities in promise and hope and potential and resources. ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City (May 25, 2021)

Location:  Guatemala Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021. You qualify for this exception if all the following are ... Read More»

Statement by Administrator Samantha Power on H-2B Visas for Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

Office of Press Relations I welcome the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to allocate an additional 6,000 H-2B temporary guest worker visas for nationals from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador for 2021. This expands legal pathways for protection and opportunity for the workers of these countries, while helping address critical temporary labor needs in the United ... Read More»

U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Labor Issue Joint Rule Supplementing H-2B Visa Cap

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have published a joint temporary final rule making available an additional 22,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural guest worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2021 to employers who are likely to suffer irreparable harm without these additional workers. Of the supplemental visas, 6,000 are reserved ... Read More»

U.S. Air Force Southern will lead U.S. Southern Command’s upcoming exercise in Guatemala

REF# 2021 - 12 May 17, 2021 The United States 12th Air Force (Air Force Southern, or AFSOUTH) will be leading U.S. Southern Command’s upcoming exercise in Guatemala – this exercise will provide joint training and improve readiness of U.S. and Guatemalan civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel in humanitarian assistance techniques from May until August 2021. ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Harris at the Virtual Washington Conference on the Americas

MAY 04, 2021 South Court Auditorium Eisenhower Executive Office Building THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Good morning.  It is truly an honor to be with you today. And thank you, Andrés Gluski, Susan Segal, Eric Farnsworth, for your leadership. The membership of the Council of the Americas includes so many leaders who are truly committed to ... Read More»

The 51st Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

United States Department of State ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE April 30, 2021 Thank you for this opportunity to address the 51st Conference on  the Americas. As President Biden pledged, the United States is revitalizing our engagement with the world – leading with diplomacy. Let me highlight three central priorities as we reengage in the Americas. First, we must end the ... Read More»

Health Alert: Embassy of the United States of America, Guatemala City, Guatemala (May 4, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Subject:  Health Alert – State of Prevention Lifted; Health Pass No Longer Required for Entry (May 4, 2021) The Government of Guatemala announced April 30 that the State of Prevention, in effect April 16-30, 2021, would not be renewed.  However, previous requirements on social distancing in public and commercial facilities and mask wearing remain ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Harris at a Virtual Roundtable with Guatemalan community-based organizations

April 27, 2021 THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Mucho gusto.  Thank you, Mr. Ambassador. And thank you all for being here.  I’m looking at a big screen and looking at all of you there.  I — only what would be better is to be with you in person, but I plan on doing that soon. ... Read More»

Urgent Relief to Central America

FACT SHEET: Urgent Relief to Central America APRIL 26, 2021 In light of the dire situation and acute suffering faced by millions of people in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, Vice President Harris announced an additional $310 million in U.S. government support for humanitarian relief and to address food insecurity. Humanitarian Relief ($255M) USAID will ... Read More»

Statement on Vice President Kamala Harris’s Virtual Meeting with President Giammattei

Office of THE VICE PRESIDENT April 26, 2021 Statement by Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders on Vice President Kamala Harris’s Virtual Bilateral Meeting with President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala Today, Vice President Kamala Harris hosted Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei for a virtual bilateral meeting to discuss working together to address immediate relief needs ... Read More»

The United States Sanctions Guatemalan Officials for Corruption

April 26, 2021 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on one current and one former Guatemalan government official—Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara and Felipe Alejos Lorenzana, respectively—for their role in corruption in Guatemala.   Gustavo Alejos and Felipe Alejos sought to interfere ... Read More»

DHS to Make Additional 22,000 Temporary, Non-Agricultural Worker Visas Available

Release Date: April 20, 2021 WASHINGTON — As the nation’s economy continues to reopen safely, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking action to ensure that American businesses are equipped with the resources needed to recover successfully and contribute to the economic health of local communities. In light of increased labor demands, DHS is ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens Government of Guatemala announced state of prevention

April 17, 2021 Location: Guatemala Subject:  Health Alert – State of Prevention Imposes New COVID-19 Restrictions (April 17, 2021) The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention, in effect April 16-30, 2021, as a result of a substantial increase in COVID-19 infections in Guatemala.  The State of Prevention restricts entry into Guatemala (with limited exceptions) individuals who ... Read More»

Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle Ricardo Zúniga Travels to Guatemala and El Salvador

MEDIA NOTE April 4, 2021 Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle Ricardo Zúniga will travel to Guatemala and El Salvador April 5-8, 2021 for discussions with key stakeholders on our joint, comprehensive efforts to address the root causes of migration and irregular migration in, from, and through the region and humanitarian efforts to expand access ... Read More»

Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala

White House Briefing Room Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala   March 30, 2021 – Statements and Releases Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today with President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala and reaffirmed the administration’s commitment to working together and expanding partnerships to benefit the people of the region.  ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 26, 2021)

Location: Huehuetenango and San Marcos Departments  Event:  The U.S. Embassy advises that, due to ongoing security threats, the following departments remain under continued travel restrictions to Embassy personnel until further notice: Huehuetenango (with the exception of the city of Huehuetenango), and San Marcos (with the exception of the city of San Marcos). U.S. Embassy personnel ... Read More»

Status of U.S. Delegation Travel to Guatemala

REF# 2021 - 11 March 24, 2021 The delegation of National Security Council Senior Director Juan Gonzalez, Department of State Northern Triangle Special Envoy Ricardo Zuniga, and Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary Marta Youth were unable to fly to Guatemala today. The cause is airline cancelations of the delegation’s flights due to ash from a volcanic eruption ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 23, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Event: Eruptions Continue at Pacaya Volcano The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) reports continued high levels of activity at Pacaya March 23. Ash is dispersing up to 50 km to the north, north west and north east over an area extending 50km north of Pacaya.  Coordinadora Nacional Para la Reducción de ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 23, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Event: Eruptions Continue at Pacaya Volcano The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) reports continued high levels of activity at Pacaya March 23. Ash is dispersing up to 50 km to the north, north west and north east over an area extending 50km north of Pacaya.  Coordinadora Nacional Para la Reducción de ... Read More»

Senior US official to visit Guatemala

MARCH 22, 2021 Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Senior Administration Official Travel to Mexico and Guatemala Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Southwest Border, Ambassador Roberta Jacobson will travel to Mexico on March 22 to engage with Mexican government officials to develop an effective and humane plan of action to ... Read More»

Announcement of Ricardo Zúñiga as Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson March 22, 2021 STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON The Department of State is pleased to announce that Ricardo Zúñiga, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, will serve as its Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle. The Special Envoy will lead U.S. diplomatic efforts, advise the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala (March 21, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received information that several planned, peaceful demonstrations and roadblocks will take place across Guatemala between Monday, March 22 and Thursday, March 25.  At this time, the known participants are health care workers union and veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces. The participants have announced their intention to protest and/or block roads at ... Read More»

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Opens Grant Competition

REF# 2021 - 11 March 17, 2021 The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Opens Grant Competition for Universities in Guatemala, the United States, Central America, and the Dominican Republic With generous support from AgroAmerica, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, and NGO partners of the Americas, the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State announces the launch of a new regional 100,000 Strong in the Americas (100K) Innovation Fund grant competition. This new competition is ... Read More»

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) delivers books and equipment to 13 schools

REF# 2021 - 10 March 16, 2021 The United States supports the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) through the MCC (Millennium Challenge Corporation) Threshold Program, which seeks to improve access to quality and relevant secondary education to help Guatemalan high school graduates obtain better jobs by developing new curricula in information technology, auto mechanics, and tourism and hospitality. The MCC Threshold Program funded the design of six new high school technical degree programs.  The process included consultations ... Read More»

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Press Statement March 8, 2021 Every year on March 8th, the United States joins the world in recognizing International Women’s Day by celebrating the leadership, strength, and courage of women and girls. The United States recognizes the reality that the equitable participation of women in social, political, and economic life is critical ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Alejandro Giammattei Falla of Guatemala

MARCH 04, 2021 •  STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Alejandro Giammattei Falla of Guatemala. The President expressed his condolences for the thirteen Guatemalan migrants who were killed in Northern Mexico. The two leaders also reviewed joint efforts to address the impact of hurricanes Eta and Iota, and reaffirmed their commitment to addressing the ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 04, 2021)

Location: Pacific Coast Event: The Guatemala National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INVISUMEH) issued a special bulletin today informing that there is a possibility of a Tsunami in the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, tomorrow (March 5th) in the early morning hours. INVISUMEH also informs that they will be posting updated information as available. ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 4, 2021)

Location: Municipality of Malacatan, Department of San Marcos Event: The Government of Guatemala (GoG) has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipality of Malacatan. The State of Prevention is due to recent episodes of civil unrest in Malacatan as a result of a decision by the electric service provider to discontinue services in the ... Read More»

Guatemala Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 3, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Event: Volcanic eruptions PACAYA VOLCANO: The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) reports an increase in activity that included explosions that projected materials 800 meters above the Mackenney Crater. INSIVUMEH and surrounding communities also report two new lava flows, totaling three lava flows to the south, southeast, and southwest resulting from the increased ... Read More»

Health Alert: Embassy of the United States of America, Guatemala City, Guatemala (March 3, 2021)

Location: Guatemala  Subject:  Health Alert – Updated COVID-19 Entry Requirements for Guatemala (March 3, 2021) The Government of Guatemala has revised the requirements for passengers arriving by air or land.  As of February 24, all passengers arriving in Guatemala must present evidence of either a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, a COVID-19 vaccine completed at least two ... Read More»

60th Anniversary of the Peace Corps 

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State March,1st. 2021 Today, we mark the 60th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps and celebrate the volunteers and staff who have served in communities around the world, representing American values and ideals.  Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps showcases America at its best ... Read More»

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson February 23, 2021 Honoring Anticorruption Champions Around the world, corruption threatens security and stability, hinders economic growth, undermines democracy and human rights, destroys trust in public institutions, facilitates transnational crime, and siphons away public and private resources.  The Biden Administration recognizes that we will only be successful ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 22, 2021)

Location: Guatemala City Event:  According to media reports, veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces will hold a demonstration at the Casa Presidencial, Zone 1, Guatemala City tomorrow, Tuesday February 23, 2021, starting at 6:00 am. There is potential for protests and roadblocks in other municipalities in Guatemala.  The timing, size and duration of planned demonstrations can change. Actions to ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 19, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Event: Volcanic eruptions The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) reports continued high activity at Fuego and Pacaya volcanoes. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) notes volcanic activity, while elevated, is decreasing.  However, high levels of ash continue to disperse from Fuego throughout Sacatepéquez Department and Guatemala City. The U.S. Embassy has ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 20, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Event:  According to media reports, Guatemala Army veterans have organized demonstrations and roadblocks across Guatemala today, January 20, to include in Guatemala City the Presidential House, Plaza de la Constitución, and National Palace (Zone 1). The exact locations of the demonstrations and roadblocks are not currently known. The Embassy will continue to review the security ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Brolo

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 17, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary Antony J. Blinken spoke with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo today. Secretary Blinken emphasized the U.S. commitment to addressing the structural problems that trigger irregular migration – endemic corruption and impunity, lack of economic opportunity, and insecurity – and our countries’ shared ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 17, 2021) Location: Guatemala City Event:  According to media reports, several planned peaceful demonstrations are scheduled to take place tomorrow, February 18, 2021, starting at 6:00 am.  Between 2,000-4,000 demonstrators from CODECA (Comite de Desarrollo Campesino) plan to demonstrate at the following locations in Guatemala City: Obelisco, Zone 10 ... Read More»

The Embassy of the United States of America Guatemala City, Guatemala Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Date: February 14, 2021 Location: Guatemala Event: Volcanic eruptions FUEGO VOLCANO: Since February 12, the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) noted a change in the Fuego volcanic activity (frequency and direction of eruptive patterns, lava flow, and ash). This morning (February 14, 2021) INSIVUMEH reported that the activity is evolving to a state ... Read More»

ICE renews, expands fugitive information sharing agreement with Guatemala

February 11, 2021 Contact: icemedia@ice.dhs.gov GUATEMALA CITY—U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials traveled to Guatemala City, Feb. 3, to renew and expand the partnership with the Government of Guatemala to share fugitive and criminal history information, including convictions and gang affiliations. ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Assistant Director for Enforcement, Chris Cronen, took part ... Read More»

Guatemala, United States, and Taiwan Launch New Alliance for Education

REF #2021 – 5 February 2, 2021 On February 2, Ambassador Popp joined Guatemalan Minister of Culture Felipe Aguilar and Minister of Education Claudia Ruiz, and Mayor Valez of Nebaj to formally launch the Alliance for Education, a public-private initiative to provide at least 750 repatriated and other youth in Nebaj, Quiché with the vocational ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Special Election in Louisiana’s 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts

The State of Louisiana will conduct two special primary elections on Tuesday, March 20, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts. Congressional District 2 includes nearly all of the city of New Orleans and stretches west and north to Baton Rouge. Congressional District 5 includes rural northeastern Louisiana and much ... Read More»

Health Alert: Embassy of the United States of America, Guatemala City, Guatemala (January 26, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Subject:  Health Alert – Updated COVID-19 Restrictions in Guatemala, and Availability of COVID-19 Testing for Travelers to the United States (January 19, 2021) The Government of Guatemala has implemented new COVID-19 restrictions on the operating hours of commercial establishments.  In addition, requirements for travelers to the United States to obtain a COVID-19 test or ... Read More»

Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 20, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Event:  According to media reports, Guatemala Army veterans have organized demonstrations and roadblocks across Guatemala today, January 20, to include in Guatemala City the Presidential House, Plaza de la Constitución, and National Palace (Zone 1). The exact locations of the demonstrations and roadblocks are not currently known. The Embassy will continue to review the security ... Read More»

Health Alert – Availability of COVID-19 Testing for Travelers to the United States (January 19, 2021)

Location: Guatemala  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to ... Read More»

COVID-19 Test Entry Requirements for Travelers to the United States

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)    Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.     Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 13, 2021)

Location: Guatemala Event: According to media reports, various organizations have planned demonstrations across Guatemala between January 14 and January 20, 2021. Announced demonstrations are expected at the following locations in Guatemala City: January 14: · Who: Organizations Movimiento Arbencista and Plataforma Cívica GT. · What: An estimated 300 people will demand the resignation of Guatemalan ... Read More»

CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Media Statement Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Frequently Asked Questions The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase ... Read More»

New Restrictions for Entry for Travelers from Certain Countries

Health Alert: Embassy of the United States of America, Guatemala City, Guatemala (January 05, 2021) Location: Guatemala Subject: New Restrictions in Entry for Travelers from Certain Countries, Updated COVID-19 Testing Requirements Event: The Guatemalan government has announced that, as of January 06, 2021, all arriving passengers who originated or transited from any airports within the United Kingdom (England, ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will close at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31 and remain closed on Friday, January 1

The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will close at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020 and will remain closed on Friday, January 1, 2021. The Embassy will re-open on Monday, January 4, with limited emergency services, due to public health restrictions stemming from COVID-19. See here for more information.   # Read More»

Demonstrations/Traffic Advisory – Road Blocks: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 29, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:  According to open source reporting, workers from the Ministry of Health have set up several roadblocks throughout the country which will impact traffic.  We do not have specific information relating to start or end times for these blockades. Please take precaution surrounding the following locations: CA-1 WEST Km 49 San Miguel Morazán el Tejar ... Read More»

Health Alert: Embassy of the United States of America, Guatemala City, Guatemala (December 28, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Subject: Restrictions in Entry and Quarantine Requirement for Travelers from Certain Countries, Updated COVID-19 Testing Validity Event: The Guatemalan government has announced that, as of December 23, all arriving passengers who have visited the United Kingdom or South Africa within the past 14 days could be denied entry or be subject to quarantine due to a ... Read More»

Restrictions in Entry and Quarantine Requirement for Travelers from Certain Countries, Updated COVID-19 Testing Validity

Health Alert: Embassy of the United States of America, Guatemala City, Guatemala (December 23, 2020) Location: Guatemala Subject: Restrictions in Entry and Quarantine Requirement for Travelers from Certain Countries, Updated COVID-19 Testing Validity Event: The Guatemalan government has announced that, as of December 23, all arriving passengers who have visited the United Kingdom or South Africa within the ... Read More»

Treasury Continues Pressure on Maduro Regime for Role in Fraudulent Elections

U.S Department of the Treasury Press Releases December 18, 2020   Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Ex-Cle Soluciones Biometricas C.A. (Ex-Cle C.A.) for materially supporting the illegitimate President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro Moros, including by providing goods and services that the Maduro regime used to ... Read More»

The United States Supports the Voices of the Venezuelan People

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo December 16, 2020 We congratulate the Venezuelan people on the success of the Consulta Popular or “People’s Referendum.”  Millions of Venezuelans came together to raise their voice and demand a democratic future for their country.  In every city and small town in Venezuela, ... Read More»

Planned Demonstration December 10

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 9, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  According to open-source reporting, the Comite de Unidad Campesina (CUC) has organized a protest in Guatemala City for Thursday, December 10, to celebrate Human Rights Day. The protest is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. at the headquarters of the Ministerio Publico and ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 8, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:  According to open-source reporting, various organizations have planned peaceful demonstrations across Guatemala on Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10. Announced demonstrations are expected at the following locations December 9: Municipalidad y gobernación departamental de Totonicapán Sector Cuatro Caminos, San Cristóbal, Totonicapán Sector Xecanchavox, San Cristóbal Totonicapán, Totonicapán Cumbre de Alaska, kilómetro 170 ruta ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala (December 4, 2020)

Location: Guatemala  Event:  According to official reporting various organizations have planned demonstrations across Guatemala on Saturday, December 5. Announced demonstrations are expected at the following locations in Guatemala City: The Ministry of Governance, Zone 1, organized by “Bloque feministas”, starting at 9:00 a.m. Plaza de la Constitution, Zone 1, currently scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Approximately 10 different ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 25, 2020) Location: Guatemala City Event:  According to open source reporting, various organizations have planned peaceful demonstrations across Guatemala from today, November 25 through Sunday, November 29. Announced demonstrations are expected at the following locations in Guatemala City: November 25: Plaza de Constitution, Zone 1, organized by “25 de Noviembre”. ... Read More»

New U.S. Embassy Compound Top Out Ceremony 

Press Release November 24, 2020 Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo Vila and Guatemala City Mayor Ricardo Quiñónez Lemus joined Ambassador William W. Popp on November 23, 2020 at the New U.S. Embassy’s construction site in the capital’s Zona 16 to commemorate the project’s “Top Out” ceremony.  A “Top Out” is a “builder’s rite” that marks the stage in a ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 21, 2020) Location: Guatemala City Event:  Due to ongoing protests today that have turned violent, U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the Zone 1 area between the Guatemalan Congress and National Palace in Guatemala City. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. ... Read More»

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 18, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  FUEGO VOLCANO THREATENS DOWNSTREAM POPULATIONS: Heavy rains from Hurricane Iota have significantly increased the potential for destructive lahars to form on the flanks of Fuego Volcano, threatening populations and infrastructure downstream. Heavy rainfall has the potential to mobilize a large ... Read More»

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 18, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  IOTA BRINGS HEAVY RAINS, FLOODING, ROAD CLOSURES:  Tropical depression Iota will continue to bring heavy rains across portions of Guatemala today.  Life-threatening flash floods along with river flooding and mudslides are expected through Thursday, and could be exacerbated ... Read More»

U.S. Announces Additional US$7 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to respond to Eta and Iota

Press Release November 18, 2020 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, has allocated US$7 million in disaster assistance funds to support relief efforts in Guatemala through international humanitarian partner organizations in response to recent storms and floods. This additional US$7 million in disaster assistance funding for Guatemala will help to ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 17, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  HURRICANE IOTA WEAKENS, BUT HEAVY RAINS FORECAST:  Iota made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane Monday, but weakened overnight and is currently a category 2 hurricane. Iota is forecast to further weaken today into a ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Georgia U.S. Senate Special Runoff Election – November 16, 2020

The Embassy of the United States of America Guatemala City, Guatemala The state of Georgia will hold a special senate runoff election on January 5, 2021.  If you are registered to vote in Georgia, you should automatically receive your ballot by November 21, 2020.  If you are not registered to vote in Georgia, the registration ... Read More»

United States Assistance to Guatemala during Tropical Storm ETA

Press Release November 16, 2020 The United States provided humanitarian assistance Guatemala in the aftermath of tropical storm Eta, serving approximately 310,000 Guatemalans in 25 communities affected by the Eta tropical storm in nine departments (Quiché, Petén, Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, Alta Verapaz, Jutiapa, El Progreso, and Santa Rosa).  The assistance included 23 rescues, 39 evacuations, more ... Read More»

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala – November 16, 2020. Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  HURRICANE IOTA STRENGTHENING, PACAYA VOLCANO INCREASES ACTIVITY: Iota has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane, with winds speeds of up to 155 mph (249 km/h), and could develop into a Category 5 hurricane as it approaches Central America tonight and moves onshore in Nicaragua and Honduras. Iota ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 13, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event: POTENTIAL TROPICAL STORM FORECAST: A weather system currently developing in the Caribbean is forecast to strengthen over the weekend into a tropical depression or tropical storm, bringing heavy rainfall over an area extending from northeastern Nicaragua to eastern ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location: Guatemala, country wide. Event: POTENTIAL TROPICAL STORM FORECAST: A weather system currently developing in the Caribbean is forecast to strengthen over the weekend into a tropical depression or tropical storm, bringing heavy rainfall over an area extending from northeastern Nicaragua to eastern Guatemala. Guatemala is expecting over 6 to 10 inches of rainfall (152 to 254 ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Wednesday, November 11

REF# 2020 – 34 November 10, 2020 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, to commemorate Veterans Day.   The Embassy will re-open on Thursday, November 12, with limited emergency services due to public health restrictions stemming from COVID-19:  See  here  for information on American Citizen Services.  See  here  for information on Non-Immigrant Visas.  See  here  for information ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:   CONTINUED RISK IN AFTERMATH OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA: USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) reports that flash flood threats will continue over southwestern Guatemala during the next 36 hours. River flooding will continue in these areas over the next few days. Guatemala’s INSIVUMEH forecasts rain throughout the south (Pacific Coast) and ... Read More»

The United States Provides Immediate Aerial Assistance to Support Communities and Save Lives in the wake of Tropical Depression Eta

Press Release November 7, 2020 Guatemala City – The United States Government is providing immediate aerial assistance to the government of Guatemala to support communities and individuals impacted by Tropical Depression Eta. This assistance is in the form of two U.S. helicopters as well as pilot support and technical assistance for five Policia Nacional (PNC) ... Read More»

Message to US citizens: Weather Alert – Tropical Depression Eta (Update)

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 7, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  CONTINUED RISK IN AFTERMATH OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA:  Additional rainfall is forecast in Alta Verapaz, Peten and Izabal through Sunday, November 8, with increased risk of landslides, mudslides, flooding across multiple departments and lahares on Fuego and Santiaguito volcanoes. ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 6, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  CONTINUED RISK IN AFTERMATH OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA:  Tropical Depression Eta moved out to the Caribbean Sea overnight, but additional heavy rainfall is forecast for Guatemala through the weekend, particularly in eastern and northern regions. A State of Calamity ... Read More»

The United States Announces $120,000 in Humanitarian Assistance and Additional Supplies for Storm Victims

The United States Government will provide $120,000 in emergency humanitarian assistance and additional support to individuals currently living in temporary shelters due to the devastating effects of Tropical Depression Eta. This assistance will be provided to individuals living in the nine departments worst affected by this disaster (El Quiché, Petén, Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, Alta Verapaz, ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala – (November 5, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA:  The President of Guatemala has declared a state of emergency to the departments of Quiché, Petén, Izabal, Chiquimula, Zacapa and Alta Verapaz, due to the floods and landslides caused by Tropical Depression Eta. Guatemala can expect extended, heavy rainfall ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala – (November 4, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  ETA WEAKENS BACK TO TROPICAL STORM:  Having strengthened to a category 4 Hurricane yesterday, November 3 as it made landfall in Nicaragua, Eta has weakened to a Tropical Storm, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km/h).  Eta will continue to move across Nicaragua today, November ... Read More»

Public Designation of Current and Former Members of the Guatemalan Congress Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption

Statement by Secretary MICHAEL R. POMPEO October 28, 2020 Public Designation of Current and Former Members of the Guatemalan Congress Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption Today, I am announcing the designation of First Secretary in the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, Felipe Alejos Lorenzana, and former Deputy Delia Bac, due to their involvement ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Updated Information on October 26 Demonstrations

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 26, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that several planned, demonstrations and roadblocks are taking place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26.  The participants, veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces, will demonstrate in support of a request to the Guatemalan Congress for “Ley de Dignificacion al Soldado”. ... Read More»

U.S. Welcomes Guatemala’s Designation of Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization

October 24, 2020 We commend Guatemala for designating Hizballah as a terrorist organization in its entirety and demonstrating resolve in countering this dangerous terrorist group.  This important step will help cut off Hizballah’s ability to plot terrorist attacks and to raise money around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere. With this designation, Guatemala joins ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: October 26 Demonstrations and Roadblocks Cancelled

Demonstration Alert: October 26 Demonstrations and Roadblocks Cancelled Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that the demonstrations and roadblocks scheduled to take place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26 have been cancelled. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City https://gt.usembassy.gov/ Tel. (502) 2326-4000 Amcitsguatemala@state.gov State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Guatemala Country Information and Travel Advisory Page Enroll in  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP ) to receive security updates ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 22, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that several planned, peaceful demonstrations and roadblocks will take place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26.  The participants, veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces, will demonstrate in support of a request to the Guatemalan Congress for “Ley de Dignificacion al ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that several planned, peaceful demonstrations and roadblocks will take place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26.  The participants, veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces, will demonstrate in support of a request to the Guatemalan Congress for “Ley de Dignificacion al Soldado”.  The participants intend to block roads from 6:00 ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: It’s Not Too Late To Vote. Send Your Ballot NOW.

If you missed the October 15 U.S. Embassy ballot shipment deadline, it’s still not too late to return your ballot to your Local Election Office. Review your state’s voting procedures at  https://www.fvap.gov/  to learn if you can return your absentee ballot or  Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot  by email or fax. Multiple international courier services in Guatemala have also announced discounted shipping rates for American Citizens mailing ... Read More»

Ambassador William W. Popp presented his credential letters

Press Release October 19, 2020 Today, Ambassador William W. Popp presented his diplomatic credentials to President Alejandro Giammattei at the National Palace of Culture, finalizing his official accreditation as the chief representative of the United States in Guatemala. In his first message to the Guatemalan people , Ambassador Popp highlighted the commitment of the United States with Guatemala to continue promoting mutual goals: “Guatemala is a key partner for the United States. ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Monday, October 12

The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Monday, October 12, to commemorate Columbus Day. The Embassy will re-open on Tuesday, October 13, with limited emergency services due to public health restrictions stemming from COVID-19: See  here  for information on American Citizen Services. See  here  for information on Non-Immigrant Visas. See  here  for information on ... Read More»

Security Alert: State of Prevention – Departments of Izabal, Peten, Zacapa, El Progreso, Jutiapa and Chiquimula

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 2, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government has declared a State of Prevention through October 16, 2020 in the departments of Izabal, Peten, Zacapa, El Progreso, Jutiapa and Chiquimula, due to the presence in those ... Read More»

Health Alert – Update on end of State of Calamity, revised COVID-19 testing requirements for entry

Guatemala City, Guatemala (September 30, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the State of Calamity will come to an end at midnight, September 30th. The nationwide curfew in place from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. will end, though the sale of alcohol will remain prohibited between 9:00 p.m. ... Read More»

Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel

The Embassy of the United States of America Guatemala City, Guatemala (September 28, 2020) Location: Guatemala Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel Reconsider travel to Guatemala due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Guatemala due to crime. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a  Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Guatemala  due to COVID-19. Guatemala has lifted ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election, it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports Plan Trifinio

Press Release September 29, 2020 On September 29, U.S. Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga joined Guatemalan Vice President Guillermo Castillo Reyes, Director of La Ruta Victor Asturias, Sandy Recinos of Secretaría Contra la Violencia Sexual, Explotación y Trata de Personas (SVET), and other Guatemalan government officials in Esquipulas to announce the U.S. government’s support for the ... Read More»

The United States Provides Ventilators to Guatemala to Respond to COVID-19

Press Release September 25, 2020 Guatemala City – The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 50 new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Guatemala to assist its fight against COVID-19. The donation delivers on President Trump’s generous offer of these critically needed supplies, and supports Guatemala’s urgent response to the pandemic. ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: How to vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

U.S. citizens in Guatemala who intend to vote by absentee ballot in the November 3 general election should mail in their ballots by October 2.   However, if you don’t receive your regular absentee ballot in time to send it back by the deadline, you can still vote with the Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB).   Using the FWAB is easy. Just follow these steps: If you ... Read More»

Health Alert – Update on Airport Reopening and Entry Requirements

Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government has re-opened its borders, and La Aurora International Airport has re-opened to both arriving and departing commercial passenger flights.  All persons arriving by air in Guatemala must present a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of arrival.  Note that ... Read More»

The United States and Guatemala Sign Agreement to Improve H-2 Visa Program Operation

Press Release September 17, 2020 The U.S. Government, through efforts of U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, today signed an updated bilateral cooperative agreement with Guatemala to facilitate increased transparency, accountability, and worker safety in the H-2 nonimmigrant visa programs for temporary workers from Guatemala. According to Ambassador Luis Arreaga, “Today ... Read More»

Guatemala Independence Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE September 15, 2020 On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I offer my congratulations to the people of Guatemala as your country celebrates 199 years of independence. The United States looks forward to a continued, strong partnership with Guatemala to address our shared ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Information Health Alert – September 4, 2020 Last updated:  09/10/2020 Country-Specific Information: International travel to Guatemala remains closed to most individuals until September 18, but internal travel is largely unrestricted.  Markets, supermarkets, stores and restaurants may operate with social distancing measures in place, and religious services of no more than an hour are permitted.  Sports and entertainment facilities remain closed. ... Read More»

Election of Mauricio Claver-Carone as President of the Inter-American Development Bank

09/12/2020 02:11 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the United States, I congratulate Mauricio Claver-Carone on his election as President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In his role at the National Security Council, Mr. Claver-Carone has been a visionary leader in advancing prosperity in the Western Hemisphere and a ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Health Alert

September 4, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government has extended until October 5 the State of Calamity due to COVID-19.  Additionally, the government has announced that La Aurora International Airport will re-open to commercial passenger flights September 18, with health protocols in effect for ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Monday, September 7

September 4, 2020 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Monday, September 7, to commemorate Labor Day. The Embassy will re-open on Tuesday, September 8, with limited emergency services due to public health restrictions stemming from COVID-19: See  here  for information on American Citizen Services. See  here  for information on Non-Immigrant Visas. See  here ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Weather Alert

September 2, 2020 Location:   Guatemala, country-wide. Event:  TROPICAL STORM NANA FORECAST TO STRENGTHEN: Tropical Storm Nana is expected to reach the coast of Honduras on September 2 and could strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane tonight (Wednesday) prior to reaching Belize and Guatemala on September 3. The primary concern for Guatemala is extended, heavy rainfall, which increases ... Read More»

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from Guatemala!

Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to  FVAP.gov  to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.  Once you confirm your registration, follow a few simple steps to vote in the ... Read More»

The United States Commits to Supporting Guatemalan Government’s ‘La Ruta’ Initiative

September 1, 2020 On September 1, 2020, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, Luis E. Arreaga, joined Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, Director of La Ruta Victor Asturias, and representatives of the Guatemalan and United States governments, at the National Palace in Guatemala City, to formally announce the U.S. government’s support of the Guatemala-led La Ruta:  Reunion entre ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Government of Guatemala Restrictions in Response to COVID-19

August 17, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the below COVID-related restrictions are currently in effect. The Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens in Guatemala continue to restrict their activities and movements to the maximum extent possible, and to wear a mask and practice social distancing at ... Read More»

The United States donates $ 2.7 million to women’s businesses

The United States Provides $2.7 Million to Support Women-Owned Enterprises in Guatemala REF# 2020 – 23 August 17, 2020 As part of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, the U.S. Government is providing $2.7 million in economic assistance to support women-owned small and medium-sized businesses in Guatemala. These funds will scale up existing efforts by the ... Read More»

Joint Declaration of Support for Democratic Change in Venezuela

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON Media Note August 14, 2020 The text of the following declaration was released by several members of the Lima Group, the International Contact Group, the European Union, the United States, and others. Begin text: We, a group of concerned countries including members of the Lima Group, the International Contact Group, the European Union, the United States, ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Government of Guatemala Continues Restrictions in Response to COVID-19

August 10, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the below COVID-related restrictions are currently in effect. The Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens in Guatemala continue to restrict their activities and movements to the maximum extent possible, and to wear a mask and practice social distancing at ... Read More»

Valladares Urruela has been accused in the Federal Court of Miami

United States Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan Southern District of Florida August 5, 2020 Former Guatemalan Official Who Used Drug Trafficking Proceeds and Other Dirty Cash to Bribe Corrupt Politicians Charged in Miami Federal Court Miami, Fl. — South Florida federal prosecutors have charged a former Economics Minister of Guatemala, Asisclo Valladares Urruela, 44, with helping to ... Read More»

On China’s Predatory Fishing Practices in the Galápagos

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE August 2, 2020 The People’s Republic of China subsidizes the world’s largest commercial fishing fleet, which routinely violates the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of coastal states, fishes without permission, and overfishes licensing agreements. Given this unfortunate record of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, rule-breaking, and willful environmental degradation, it is more important than ever that the international community ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding Restrictions by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

August 3, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala reminds U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government implemented a nation-wide tiered system of health alerts July 27, which provides updated information on levels of health risk by locality throughout Guatemala, in an effort to prepare for the country’s gradual re-opening. Nevertheless, the Embassy recommends that all ... Read More»

The United States Advances Democratic Values Under the Lima Commitment

BUREAU OF WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS July 29, 2020 The United States is a steadfast partner for the countries and institutions of Latin America and the Caribbean in their efforts to combat corruption and realize the promise of the Lima Commitment from the Eighth Summit of the Americas hosted by Peru in 2018.       Strengthening Democratic Governance against Corruption Transparency is one of the remedies to corruption’s corrosive effect on the foundations of a stable, prosperous, ... Read More»

Guatemalan Government Shortens Curfew and Launches Tiered COVID-19 Health Alert System

Location: Guatemala Event: On July 27, the Guatemalan government fully implemented its tiered system of health alerts, which provides updated information on levels of health risk by locality throughout Guatemala, in an effort to prepare for the country’s gradual re-opening. Nevertheless, the Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens in Guatemala continue to restrict their activities and movements ... Read More»

Trump Administration Partners with Central American Leaders to Address Health, Safety and Border Security Issues

July 24, 2020 Ministerial Continues Cooperation with Southern Neighbors WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security convened a virtual version of the XIII edition of the Meeting of Ministers and Secretaries of Security of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America otherwise ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding Restrictions and Updates by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

July 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: The Guatemalan government has declared a state of siege in the municipalities of El Estor, Morales, and Livingston in the department of Izabal, and the municipalities of Panzos and Santa Catarina La Tinta in Alta Verapaz due to the presence of organized criminal groups engaged in narcotrafficking, human trafficking, transportation ... Read More»

Attorney General William P. Barr Joins President Donald J. Trump to Announce Significant Cases Stemming from Joint Task Force Vulcan

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2020 WWW.JUSTICE.GOV The Operation is a coordinated effort to dismantle and destroy MS-13 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr announced significant cases related to Joint Task Force Vulcan (JTFV), an initiative launched in August 2019 aimed at disrupting, dismantling, and ultimately, destroying MS-13.  President Trump ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Restrictions and Updates by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

July 14, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event: On Sunday, July 12, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the following updates to restrictions in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: New health alert system: Guatemala will launch a tiered system of health alerts on July 27, providing updated information on levels of health risk in the country based on ... Read More»

Reduction of Non-Immigrant Visa Services

REF# 2020 – 22 July 14, 202 As of Thursday, July 16, the United States Embassy in Guatemala is cancelling routine non-immigrant visa appointments. From July 16, the U.S. Embassy is not accepting applications for Renewal by Mail for B1/B2 visa applicants. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable ... Read More»

The United States Assumption of the Summit of the Americas Chair

U.S. Department of State Media Note Office of the Spokesperson July 10, 2020 On July 10, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak accepted the chair of the Ninth Summit of the Americas on behalf of the United States. The United States will host the Summit in 2021. Acting Assistant ... Read More»

Reminder to U.S. Citizens Regarding COVID-19 Guidance

July 9, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala continues to facilitate repatriation flights to the United States during the period in which international air travel is suspended due to COVID-19.  At present, United Airlines has flights scheduled through July to the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Steps to vote Overseas in the 2020 U.S. Elections

July 2, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: July 4th Voting Message Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Friday, July 3

REF# 2020 – 21 July 2, 2020 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Friday, July 3 in honor of the United States Independence Day. The Embassy will re-open on Monday, July 6, with limited emergency services due to public health restrictions stemming from COVID-19: See  here  for information on American Citizen Services. See  here  for ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Travel Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala During COVID-19:

July 1, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:    On Sunday, June 28, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced travel restrictions that are in effect from 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29 to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13, for the departments of Guatemala, Escuintla, Sacatepequez, and Quetzaltenango.  Restrictions on Vehicular Mobility:  All personal vehicles with license plates that end in an odd number (for example P001AAA) can ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

June 30, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that a demonstration will take place in Guatemala City on June 30, beginning at El Obelisco at 11:00 a.m., then progress to the Congress of Guatemala.  According to the information received, the demonstration is being organized against certain COVID-related policies put in place by ... Read More»

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, Acting Deputy Secretary Department of Homeland Security and Mark A. Morgan, Acting Commissioner of U.S. CBP

Telephonic Press Briefing with Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Acting Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Mark A. Morgan, Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection   June 29, 2020 Moderator:  Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Media Hub of the Americas in Miami, ... Read More»

United States Provides Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE June 24, 2020 Recently, I informed Congress of the Administration’s intent to provide $252 million in additional U.S. foreign assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  This assistance will promote U.S. national security and further the President’s goal of decreasing illegal immigration to the United States. These additional funds will assist in making these ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 23, 2020)

Location: Pacific Coast Event:  The Guatemala National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INVISUMEH) issued a special bulletin today informing that there is a possibility of a Tsunami in the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. INVISUMEH also informs that they will be posting updated information as available. You may access the full report here:   INVISUMEH’s website Actions to ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens: Suspension of routine Consular Services at Embassy starting June 22

June 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  As a COVID-19-related health and safety measure, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City will suspend all routine consular services for U.S. citizens, beginning on Monday, June 22, and continuing until further notice. While this suspension is in effect, the Embassy will provide passport services on an emergency basis only. U.S. citizens ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens – Possible Demonstrations in Guatemala City on June 18

June 18, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The Embassy has received unconfirmed reports that a demonstration will take place in Guatemala City on June 18, beginning at El Obelisco at 10:00 a.m., then progressing to the National Palace.  According to the information received, the demonstration is being organized against certain COVID-related policies put in place by the ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Voting and Ballots for 2020 U.S. Elections

June 17, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: Update on Voting and Ballots for 2020 U.S. Elections Registering to Vote is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!  All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may receive your ballot ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Travel Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala During COVID-19:

June 15, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  On Sunday, June 14, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced new travel restrictions that are in effect from 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15 to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, for the departments of Guatemala, El Progreso, Sacatepequez and San Marcos. Restrictions on Vehicular Mobility: All personal vehicles with the ... Read More»

Message from Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga on the killing of Tata Domingo Choc

REF# 2020 – 19 June 12, 2020 The killing of Tata Domingo Choc Chen, a renowned expert on Maya Q’eqchi’ medicine, is a tragic reminder of the pervasive violence that continues to impact Indigenous Peoples across Guatemala.  We echo President Giammattei’s call for the Public Ministry to bring those responsible to justice, and understand that Guatemalan authorities have arrested ... Read More»

The United States Provides an Additional $15 Million to Combat COVID-19 and Food Insecurity

REF# 2020 – 18 June 11, 2020 The U.S. Government is providing an additional $15 million in foreign assistance for Guatemala to slow the spread of COVID-19 and address rising food insecurity. The Department of State announced that Guatemala will receive $6 million in International Disaster Assistance funds to rapidly address critical gaps in water, sanitation, and hygiene ... Read More»

Additional United Airlines Flights from Guatemala to the United States Announced

June 8, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform all U.S. citizens that in addition to its ongoing flights to the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), United Airlines has opened additional June U.S.-bound flights with destinations of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD).  The current ... Read More»

Public Designation of Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara of Guatemala Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 8, 2020 Today, I am announcing the public designation of former Guatemalan Presidential Chief of Staff Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara of Guatemala due to his involvement in significant corruption.  In his official capacity as the Chief of Staff to former President of the Republic of Guatemala Álvaro Colom, Alejos was involved in corrupt acts that undermined rule of ... Read More»

DFC Approves $1 Billion of Investments in Global Development

June 4, 2020 Projects support developing countries reeling from COVID-19 and include first transactions using equity and technical assistance   WASHINGTON – The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Board of Directors has approved $1 billion of investments that will advance development in Africa, Latin America, the Indo-Pacific, and emerging markets across the globe. The investments ... Read More»

DFC Approves a $200 Million Investment for Guatemala

REF# 2020 – 17 June 4, 2020 U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Approves $200 million Investment in Guatemala as part of $1 Billion of Investments in Global Development Investment supports Guatemala as it recovers from COVID-19 The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Board of Directors has approved a loan of up to $200 million ... Read More»

Health Alert: Increased Reports of Suspicious Activity Associated with Delivery Drivers

June 2, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala has received reports of suspicious behavior associated with food deliveries in Guatemala City.  With the increased movement restrictions and reduced operating hours of many businesses in Guatemala, people are increasingly taking advantage of the varied food delivery services in the capital.  The Embassy advises ... Read More»

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines offers flights to the United States in June

June 1, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala reminds all U.S. citizens that United Airlines has made flights available throughout June to assist passengers seeking travel to the United States.  These flights will be available to depart at 12:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the following dates: June 1-4; June 8-11; June ... Read More»

Message For U.S. Citizens: Tropical Depression Approaching the Pacific Coast of Guatemala

May 30, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The Guatemala National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INVISUMEH) issued a special bulletin today informing that a level 2-E tropical depression is approaching the Pacific coast of Guatemala at a speed of 6 kilometers per hour.  The tropical depression may reach the coast and interior of Guatemala over ... Read More»

Update for American Citizens – Possible Demonstrations in Guatemala City on May 28

May 27, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received unconfirmed reports that a demonstration will take place in Guatemala City on May 28, beginning at El Obelisco at 11:30 a.m., then progressing to the National Palace.  According to the information received, the demonstration is being organized by the group Sociedad en Accion as a protest ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Updates to United Airlines Flights and Clarification on Travel Letters

May 23, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has amended its schedule of available flights from Guatemala City to Houston, Texas for the month of June. According to the amended schedule, flights will be available to depart at 12:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the following dates: ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (May 23, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has amended its schedule of available flights from Guatemala City to Houston, Texas for the month of June. According to the amended schedule, flights will be available to depart at 12:00 ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens regarding COVID-19 ongoing Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala

May 18, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event:   On Sunday, May 17th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the following updates to ongoing restrictions to movement and activities implemented to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please see below for the most current guidance: Requirement to Remain in Residence from May 22nd Evening to May 25th Morning The President ... Read More»

Statement Regarding Photograph Used in Embassy Messaging Campaign

May 16, 2020 Recently, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala unintentionally published an image of a Guatemalan child who sadly was deceased, as part of a social media campaign to educate about the very real dangers of illegal immigration to the United States involving unaccompanied minors, particularly the risks posed by COVID-19.  We regret any pain ... Read More»

Update For U.S. Citizens: Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala

May 14, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   On Thursday, May 14th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the imposition of new restrictions to movement and activities, to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  These restrictions include the following: Closure of Country Until Monday, May 18 The President announced the complete closure of Guatemala, effective immediately and lasting through ... Read More»

North American Cooperation on COVID-19

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2020 As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for our collective recovery.  In addition ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens about internal travel restrictions announced by the government of Guatemala

May 12, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   On Sunday, May 10th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei reinstated a travel ban between all departments in Guatemala, applicable to all travelers except those transporting cargo.  This restriction expands from the ban that had previously been in place, which restricted travel only for the specific departments of Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, and El ... Read More»

Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on the Rescheduling of MPP Hearings

Release Date: May 10, 2020  The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security continue to take necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting in-person interaction. To this end, the Departments have made the following adjustments to the temporary postponement of Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) hearings.  Beginning May 10th, in-person document service will be ... Read More»

Travel alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines offering flights on May 3rd, 5th and 8th

May 1, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened multiple flights from Guatemala City to the United States throughout the month of May, including the following flights through Friday, May 8: Sunday, May 3 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3011) from Guatemala City to Houston, ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on May 1

REF# 2020 – 13 April 30, 2020 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Friday, May 1, to commemorate Labor Day. The Embassy will re-open on Monday, May 4, with limited emergency services due to public health restrictions stemming from COVID-19: See here for information on American Citizen Services. See here for information ... Read More»

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines Offering Flight on May 3rd.

April 28, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened a flight from Guatemala City to the United States on the following date: Sunday, May 3 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3011) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX. We urge U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 27, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event: On Sunday, April 26th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced that all restrictions to movement and activities currently in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus will remain in effect through May 3, 2020.  The Government of Guatemala may further extend their duration at any time.  This includes the following restrictions: Curfew: ... Read More»

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines Offering Flights on April 29th and May 1st.

April 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened flights from Guatemala City to the United States on the following dates: Wednesday, April 29 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3026) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX. Friday, May 1 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3027) from ... Read More»

The United States Provides Assistance to Guatemala to Respond to COVID-19

April 20, 2020 Guatemala City – The United States Government has committed $2.4 million to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Guatemala. The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will work in close collaboration with the Government of Guatemala, international humanitarian partners, and other stakeholders to identify priority areas ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Changes on COVID-19 Restrictions by Government of Guatemala

April 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event:   On Sunday, April 19th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced changes to two restrictions on movement and activities currently in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  Unless further extended by the Guatemalan government, these restrictions will remain in place until April 27.  The Government of Guatemala may further extend ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy Resumes H-2 Visa Processing and Launches The New Interview Waiver Process for Seasonal Workers

Press Release April 18, 2020 GUATEMALA CITY – The United States Embassy in Guatemala City is pleased to announce that regular processing of H-2 visa applications for seasonal agricultural and non-agricultural employment in the United States will resume on April 18th, 2020.  Additionally, as a special provision to comply with necessary health requirements during the ... Read More»

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines Offering Flights on April 24th and 25th

April 17, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened flights from Guatemala City to the United States on the following dates: Friday, April 24 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3021) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX.  Saturday April 25 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3022) from ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson April 16, 2020 The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic even while we battle the virus at home.  As part of this comprehensive and generous  response from the American people, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency ... Read More»

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens Traveling to Guatemala City for United Airlines Flights

April 16, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The government of Guatemala has agreed to provide permission for inter-departmental travel to American citizens and legal permanent residents traveling to Guatemala City for the specific purpose of flying to the United States from La Aurora International Airport.  Each traveler will need to obtain, and carry on their person while ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens Regarding Commercial Flight Options to the United States

April 14, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened flights from Guatemala City to the United States on the following dates: Friday, April 17 – 12:00 p.m. departure (Flight 3041) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX. Saturday April 18 – 12:00 p.m. departure (Flight ... Read More»

United States Continues U.S. Foreign Assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE April 13, 2020   Today I informed Congress of the Administration’s intent to continue additional targeted U.S. foreign assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  This important step will continue to implement the President’s policy goals of decreasing illegal immigration to the United States; implementing the Asylum Cooperative ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 13, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event: On Sunday, April 12th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the extension of the country’s mandatory curfew, and the amendment or continuation of several other restrictions on movement and activities currently in place. Unless otherwise noted, these restrictions will remain in place until April 20 at 4:00 a.m., and the Government of Guatemala ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 9, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:   On April 8 Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the requirement that all individuals wear masks in public spaces, including in grocery stores and on the street, to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.  This regulation will come into effect on Monday, April 13, and, according to President Giammattei, will likely remain in place ... Read More»

Repatriation of Remains to the United States during COVID-19

April 8, 2020 CDC requirements for importing human remains depend upon if the body has been embalmed, cremated, or if the person died from a  quarantinable communicable disease . At this time, COVID-19 is a quarantinable communicable disease in the United States and the remains must meet the standards for importation found in 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding Embassy Consular Services

April 8, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S Department of State began limiting its passport operations.  Effective April 2, we have further limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas.   For U.S. citizens in the United States, we ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala Regarding Visa Status

April 6, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   The Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración (Guatemalan immigration office) announced on April 6, 2020 that non-Guatemalans who entered Guatemala legally using a tourist visa, but who are unable to depart due to the travel restrictions put in place by the Guatemalan government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be allowed to ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens on travel restrictions and curfew

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 4, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: Today (Saturday, April 4th), Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei announced that all travel between departments in Guatemala will be prohibited from tomorrow, April 5th at 4:00 p.m. until Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 p.m. The sale, purchase, and public consumption of alcoholic ... Read More»

United States Helps Guatemala During COVID-19

April 3, 2020 Guatemala City The Department of State has announced that it will provide funding to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to supply Guatemala, along with dozens of other countries, with equipment to help combat COVID-19. Guatemala will receive COVID-19 testing kits capable of processing at least 2,000 samples, as well as personal ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens – Services Offered by the American Citizen Services Section

April 3, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   We wish to update U.S. citizens on the status of services offered by the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy, in light of recent events in Guatemala: Emergency Assistance: Embassy services available as needed. Please contact AmcitsGuatemala@state.gov and/or call +502 2326-4000. Passport and Citizenship Services: The Embassy ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding Commercial Flight Options to the United States

April 2, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy would like to emphasize Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent message to U.S. citizens currently outside the United States: “We do not know in some countries how long the continued commercial flights in your country may continue to operate.  We can’t guarantee the U.S. Government’s ability to ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding Commercial Flight Options to the United States

March 31, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The last scheduled State Department charter flights from Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) departed this morning.  In the past nine days, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has offered twelve charters and helped nearly 1,900 American citizens and legal permanent residents return home. At this time, we do not expect additional ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens – Embassy Requests Response to Charter Flight Confirmations

March 30, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   A large percentage of confirmed passengers scheduled for the March 30 State Department charters did not show up for their flights.  As a result, the U.S. Embassy was able to accommodate many passengers as “stand by” additions to the manifests and we were able to fill both flights before departure. The last two State Department-coordinated flights departing ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens regarding Extension of Curfew – (March 29, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 29, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:   Today (Sunday, March 29th), Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei announced that Guatemala will extend its nationwide curfew and the closing of its national borders until Sunday, April 12th.  U.S. citizens in Guatemala are reminded of the following: Curfew (Toque de queda) The curfew lasts ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens – Embassy Requests Response to Charter Flight Confirmations

March 28, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   A large percentage of confirmed passengers scheduled for the two March 28 State Department charters did not show up for their flights and did not contact the U.S. Embassy to cancel their request for travel assistance.  This resulted in the second charter flight having to depart with space still ... Read More»

Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding State Department Charter Flights to the United States

March 27, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy has now individually notified all confirmed travelers for the State Department charter flights departing from Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) airport on Saturday, March 28th and Monday, March 30th.  These flights are now fully booked. There are two additional State Department charter flights scheduled for ... Read More»

Please See this Link for an Update on Guatemala’s State of Calamity Declaration, Border Closings, the Nationwide Curfew, and Blockades

March 27, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   Recently the Guatemalan government has taken expanded measures aimed at protecting the health and safety of all persons in Guatemala, including U.S. citizens. This message explains the differences between three of the official measures the Guatemalan government has taken, and how these measures impact U.S. citizens currently in Guatemala: ... Read More»

Further Instructions for Traveling on State Department Charter Flights to the United States

March 26, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents wishing to travel on U.S. government-coordinated charter flights from Guatemala City to the United States are reminded of the following requirement for registration and travel on State Department charter flights: When contacting the U.S. Embassy to submit traveler information, we request that each ... Read More»

Additional State Department Charter Flights for U.S. Citizens Start on Saturday, March 28

March 26, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has coordinated six (6) additional charter flights — operated by American Airlines — from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) airport in the United States. The first two of these flights will commence on Saturday, March 28th. Two more flights ... Read More»

Updated Information for U.S. Citizens Regarding Flights from Guatemala City

March 24, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is coordinating with commercial carriers to facilitate additional commercial flights from Guatemala City to the United States (see participating airlines below). We urge U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents wishing to travel to the United States to contact these airlines directly and immediately to ... Read More»

Updated Information for U.S. Citizens Regarding Charter Flights

March 24, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   All U.S. government-coordinated charter flights from Guatemala City to the United States are now fully booked and the U.S. Embassy is in the process of contacting confirmed passengers for Wednesday’s flights.  We are aware there are U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who still wish to depart Guatemala and ... Read More»

Updated Information for U.S. Citizens on STEP Program

March 24, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   As a reminder for U.S. citizens registered in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), your registration expires automatically based on the dates entered and you will not receive updates after that date. Update your account to show that you are still in Guatemala. Follow these instructions to keep receiving messages ... Read More»

Updated Information for U.S. Citizens Returning to the U.S.

March 23, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala continues to coordinate charter flights through American Airlines from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to the United States. We do not know when regular commercial flights will resume in Guatemala after these U.S. government-coordinated charter flights, but urge travelers to continue to check ... Read More»

FAQs regarding Charter Flights Organized by the U.S. Department of State for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala

Is the U.S. Embassy organizing charter flights for U.S. citizens? The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has coordinated charter flights – the first two flights departing Monday, March 23 – from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport.  Additional flights are scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, two each ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Travel to Guatemala City/Curfew

March 22, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   For U.S. citizens who are currently outside Guatemala City and would like to be included in charter flights organized by the Embassy: Since flights may occur on short notice, we urge travelers to begin preparations to move towards the capital, and be ready to arrive to La Aurora Airport ... Read More»

State Department Charter Flights for U.S. Citizens start on Monday

March 22, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has coordinated charter flights – the first two flights departing Monday – from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to the United States. We do not know when civilian flights will resume in Guatemala after these U.S. government-coordinated charter flights, but urge travelers to ... Read More»

Guatemala Begins Curfew Starting March 22

March 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: On March 21, President Giammattei announced that, effective Sunday, March 22, a nationwide curfew will take effect. The curfew is from 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and is scheduled to be in effect until March 29. Everyone in Guatemala, including foreigners, is expected to remain in their homes during ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens Seeking to Depart Guatemala

Guatemala March 20, 2020 Location:  Guatemala Event:  The U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to assist U.S. citizens in Guatemala who wish to return to the United States.  This includes possible charter aircraft if commercial flights between the United States and Guatemala have not resumed.  In preparation for possible flights, U.S. citizens and legal permanent ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens Exiting Guatemala by Land

March 20, 2020 Exit Via Land from Guatemala   The Guatemalan government is currently allowing foreign travelers to exit via land border crossing into Mexico, and Mexico is currently allowing them to enter. Some private tour operators are operating buses to these border crossings. Some foreign embassies have also arranged bus transport for their citizens ... Read More»

Information Update for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala

March 19 The State Department recently issued a global travel advisory recommending that American Citizens abroad return to the United States.  We are aware that Guatemala’s airport closure has made it difficult for U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States and are exploring all possible options to assist American Citizens who wish to ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala

March 18, 2020 Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala   The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We are aware the governments of several countries have announced suspension of air travel, including Guatemala. We are considering all options to assist U.S. citizens in these countries. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 16, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event: On March 16, Guatemalan President Giammattei announced four (4) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to six. President Giammattei also announced the closure of Guatemalan borders for a period of 15 days beginning after the arrival of the last flight shortly prior to 11:59 pm on ... Read More»

Changes in Visa Services due to COVID-19

For nonimmigrant visa applicants (updated August 23, 2021): Overview Due to the ongoing pandemic and for the safety of our customers and staff, the United States Embassy in Guatemala City remains unable to resume all routine nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable ... Read More»

Travel and Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 15, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:  Based on current Guatemala travel restrictions, it appears that almost all direct flight service to the United States will cease at 11:59 pm on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Travelers should check with individual air carriers to confirm flight options beyond that date and those with existing itineraries should reconfirm their departure details. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 14, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:  President Giammattei announced on March 13 the first case of COVID-19 to be diagnosed in Guatemala; a Guatemalan who had visited Northern Italy.  He also announced new restrictions for people traveling from the United States and Canada.  After midnight Monday, March 16, people who spent time in the U.S. or Canada will not be ... Read More»

U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting-Reminder

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 5, 2020) Location: Quetzaltenango Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting-Reminder The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in Quetzaltenango on March 10 and 11, 2020.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On March 10, we will also hold ... Read More»

United States Partners with Guatemala to Support Commercial Aviation Safety

REF# 2020-7 March 4, 2020 Today, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Luis Arreaga, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei,  Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) Executive Director Juan Carlos Trabanino, and United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Director for the Western Hemisphere Nicholas Reyes signed an agreement facilitating FAA technical assistance to COCESNA’s member countries, including ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 25, 2020)

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 25, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The President of Guatemala announced today, February 25, 2020, an increased level of precautionary measures regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Guatemala is responding to additional countries beyond China reporting person-to-person transmission. This state of “maximum alert” intensifies preventive actions ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

Ask a COVID-19 Question Health Alert – September 3, 2021 Last updated: October 15, 2021 All passengers arriving in Guatemala must present evidence of either: a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival; complete course of a COVID-19 vaccination completed at least two weeks before arrival; or documented recovery from COVID-19 within three months of arrival.   All airline ... Read More»

State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 14, 2020) Location:  Six Municipalities in the Department of Escuintla Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipalities of Escuintla, Nueva Concepción, Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Tiquisate, Puerto San José and Palín, all ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Government of Guatemala and the Government of the U.S.

Press Release February 8, 2020 High-level representatives from the Governments of the United States and the Republic of Guatemala met this week in Guatemala City to discuss shared regional challenges, including migration and joint efforts to enhance economic development.  The meetings were chaired by Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Ambassador Pedro Brolo Vila, and included representation by ... Read More»

State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 5, 2020) Location:  Municipality of Chimaltenango, Department of Chimaltenango  Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipality of Chimaltenango.  The State of Prevention is due to the ongoing security situation in Chimaltenango ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Kozak Travel to Mexico and Guatemala

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson February 3, 2020 Media Note   Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak will travel to Mexico and Guatemala from February 4 through 8 to promote regional prosperity, security, and democratic governance. On February 4, Acting Assistant Secretary Kozak will travel to ... Read More»

Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abusers in Guatemala

U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE Press Realese Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokeswoman On January 29, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed Francisco Cuxum Alvarado to his home country of Guatemala, where he faces charges related to human rights abuses committed during Guatemala’s civil war.  As a member of the Civil Patrol, Mr. Cuxum Alvarado is accused ... Read More»

Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 24-28, 2020) Location:    INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) 7a. Ave. 1-17, Zona 4 – First Floor Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit, located in San Jose, Costa Rica, will visit Guatemala from February 24 to 28, 2020 to ... Read More»

Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Special Briefing via Telephone

U.S. Department of State SPECIAL BRIEFING VIA TELEPHONE Ken Cuccinelli Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security January 27, 2020 Moderator:  Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Media Hub of the Americas in Miami, Florida.  I’d like to welcome our participants dialed in from the United States and across the ... Read More»

State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 24, 2020) Location:  Municipality of Villa Nueva, Department of Guatemala Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipality of Villa Nueva.  The State of Prevention is due to the ongoing security situation ... Read More»

U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 23, 2020)  Location: Quetzaltenango Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in Quetzaltenango on March 10 and 11, 2020.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On March 10, we will also hold ... Read More»

2020 U.S. Elections

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 22, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: 2020 U.S. Elections Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Actions to take:  Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so ... Read More»

Statement from Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf on Migrant Caravan

Homeland Security January 22, 2020 (WASHINGTON) Today, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued the following statement regarding the migrant caravan at the Guatemala-Mexico border. “I commend the Government of Mexico for upholding their commitment to increased security and law enforcement at their southern border. The efforts by the Mexican National Guard ... Read More»

Security Alert – State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 17, 2020) Location:  Municipalities of San Juan Sacatepéquez and Mixco, Department of Guatemala Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipalities of San Juan Sacatepéquez and Mixco.  The State of Prevention is ... Read More»

United States Embassy Revokes Visas of Former Government Officials

REF# 2020-3 January 16, 2020 The United States Embassy in Guatemala has revoked more than two dozen visas of Guatemalan citizens since the beginning of 2020, in addition to approximately 250 revoked in 2019 due to visa ineligibilities, including those related to criminal activity. Individuals affected by these revocations include former government officials and others. ... Read More»

DFC Aims to Catalyze $1 Billion in Private Sector Investment for Development in Guatemala

January 15, 2020 Contact: press@dfc.gov +1 (2020) 312-2188 Signs MOU with the Government of Guatemala aiming to advance shared development goals and address regional security concerns GUATEMALA CITY – Adam Boehler, Chief Executive Officer of U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), today joined Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aiming to ... Read More»

Secretary of Commerce Leads U.S. Delegation to Guatemala

REF# 2020-01                                                                                                                                               January 14, 2019 United States Welcomes Giammattei Administration with Commitment to Work Together to Catalyze Up to One Billion Dollars to Invest in Economic Development From January 13th to the 14th, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross led a Presidential delegation to attend Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei’s inauguration and congratulate the ... Read More»

Demonstrations Alert

Demonstrations Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 13, 2020) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: President Giammattei Inauguration The Guatemalan Presidential Inauguration will occur on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, with formal events scheduled throughout the day.  Due to the anticipated large crowds, traffic, and potential for protests, the Embassy has cautioned personnel and family members to ... Read More»

Heightened Middle East Tensions

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 8, 2020) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.  Embassy operations are ... Read More»

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend Inauguration of Alejandro Giammattei

White House President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Guatemala to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Alejandro Giammattei Falla Foreign Policy January 8, 2020 President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Guatemala to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei Falla ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and INGUAT collaborate to create economic opportunities for Guatemalan youth in tourism

REF# 2020-01 January 6, 2020 Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga and INGUAT Director Jorge Mario Chajón signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build the capacity of Guatemalan youth in the tourism sector. The MOU formalizes the partnership between the U.S.-Embassy-funded English Access Micro-scholarship Program and INGUAT.  The agreement will result in training and opportunities for ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson January 5, 2020 The United States Congratulates Interim President Juan Guaido on His Re-Election as President of the National Assembly On behalf of the United States, I congratulate Juan Guaido on his re-election as president of the Venezuelan National Assembly and condemn the failed efforts of the ... Read More»

Statement by the Department of Defense

January 2, 2020 At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq ... Read More»

Annual Payment of Guatemalan Residency Fees

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 26, 2019) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: Annual Payment of Guatemalan Residency Fees The Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración (Guatemalan immigration office) implemented an annual payment of $40 for Guatemalan residency holders in February 2019.  The deadline for this payment is December 31st, 2019 and must be processed at the ... Read More»

U.S. Marines in Guatemala City distribute toys to local children’s homes

On December 20, 2019, U.S. Marines delivered over 200 toys to local children’s homes in Guatemala City, bringing holiday cheer to children in need. This is the fifth consecutive year that U.S. Marines, in collaboration with the United States Foreign Commercial Service, have collected toys through the Toys for Tots program.  Staff at the U.S. ... Read More»

Sanctions Against Guatemalan Mayor and his Drug Trafficking Organization 

 STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON December 19, 2019  Sanctions Against Guatemalan Mayor and his Drug Trafficking Organization  The United States is committed to preventing and combating narcotics trafficking globally.  Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Guatemalan mayor Erik Salvador Suñiga Rodriguez, known as “El Pocho,” and the Suñiga ... Read More»

Treasury Sanctions Guatemalan Mayor and His Drug Trafficking Organization

December 19, 2019 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Guatemalan mayor Erik Salvador Suñiga Rodriguez, known as “El Pocho,” and the Suñiga Rodriguez drug trafficking organization (Suñiga Rodriguez DTO or “Los Pochos DTO”) as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Morales Before Bilateral Meeting

December 17, 2019 Remarks by President Trump and President Morales of the Republic of Guatemala Before Bilateral Meeting Oval Office PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have President Jimmy Morales and Mrs. Morales — MRS. MORALES:  Thank you. PRESIDENT TRUMP:  — of Guatemala with us.  We’ve had a tremendous ... Read More»

President Morales Visits President Trump

Office of the Press Secretary December 16, 2019 Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Visit of His Excellency Jimmy Morales, President of the Republic of Guatemala President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will welcome President Jimmy Morales and Mrs. Hilda Patricia Marroquín Argueta de Morales of the Republic of Guatemala to the ... Read More»

Joint Efforts on Border Security and Regional Partnerships Across Central America

FOREIGN PRESS CENTER BRIEFING WITH KEN CUCCINELLI, SENIOR OFFICIAL PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; CAROL THOMPSON O’CONNELL, ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE BUREAU OF POPULATION, REFUGEES, AND MIGRATION; AND HUGO RODRIGUEZ, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS TOPIC: JOINT EFFORTS ON BORDER SECURITY ... Read More»

Official Launch of the Growth in the Americas Initiative

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 11, 2019 The U.S. government will officially launch the expanded Growth in the Americas (América Crece) initiative on December 17 in Washington, D.C.  Growth in the Americas is a whole-of-government initiative that will foster private sector infrastructure investment in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Expanded bilateral cooperation between the United States and countries in the region will ... Read More»

International Human Rights Day

U.S. Department of State Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State December 10, 2019 In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to identify common rights and freedoms for all people in all nations. An American, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, chaired the UN Human Rights Commission that drafted ... Read More»

International Anticorruption Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO December 9, 2019 Today, on International Anticorruption Day, we reaffirm our commitment to prevent and combat corruption globally.  Corruption obstructs economic growth and development, facilitates transnational crime, and fuels terrorism, robbing citizens around the world of their basic rights.  Corruption ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 5, 2019)

Location: Guatemala City and throughout Guatemala Event:  Saturday, December 7, 2019, is the annual “Quema del Diablo.”  This traditional event, which marks the beginning of the Christmas Season, is celebrated with the burning of papier mâche figures and fireworks.  The “Quema” begins at 6:00 pm all around the country, in the streets, and will affect traffic ... Read More»

A specter is haunting the Western Hemisphere – The specter of democracy

By Michael Kozak Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State Sometimes-violent protests have recently filled the streets of cities across the Americas.  Some critics once again seek to cast the United States as a convenient foil, using an outdated Cold War-era ideological framework.  The United States may not always agree on policy or ... Read More»

Public Designation, Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption, of former Guatemalan Minister Alejandro Sinibaldi

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO December 3, 2019 The Department of State designates former Guatemalan Minister of Communications, Infrastructure, and Housing Alejandro Sinibaldi due to his involvement in significant corruption. Mr. Sinibaldi engaged in and benefitted from public corruption in relation to his official duties and ... Read More»

Remarks Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – National Teachers Conference

Monday, 11/05/2019 Hotel Barceló, z9, Guatemala City Excelentísimo Ministro de Educación Dr. Oscar López; Presidente de la Junta Directiva de IGA Ingeniero Carlos Salazar; Directora General de IGA Ana Silvia Ramirez; Honored guests; Good Morning. It is an honor to join so many educators who are shaping the young minds that will determine the future ... Read More»

U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting – San Marcos

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 26, 2019) Location: San Marcos Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in San Marcos on December 10 and 11, 2019.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On December 10, we will ... Read More»

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo November 25, 2019 In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States is proud to reaffirm its commitment to defending the ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 15, 2019)

Location: Guatemala City Event:  On Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 4:00 pm, festivities will begin for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, held in the center of the Obelisco.  This event will affect traffic on roads leading to and from the Obelisco throughout the afternoon and into the evening.  The actual tree lighting will occur at ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 13, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  The Comité de Desarollo Campesino (CODECA) and Coordinadora Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas (CNOC) are calling for demonstrations on November 14, 2019, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  There is an announced march that will start at the Obelisco in Zone 10 and move toward the U.S. Embassy.  Demonstrators are expected to congregate ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 13, 2019)

Location:  Izabal, San Marcos and Huehuetenango Event:  The Government of Guatemala officially lifted the State of Siege in the Department of Izabal and additional municipalities in various departments, on November 7, 2019.  Embassy personnel may resume personal and official travel throughout Guatemala. Travel restrictions for Embassy personnel to the Departments of Huehuetenango and San Marcos ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 11, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event: Tsunami warnings CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional Para la Reducción de Desastres) the National Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness issued the following information, via social media: In reference to the tsunami warnings that have been shared through social media, INSIVUMEH and The Pacific Tsunami Warnings Center, CONRED informs that there is no tsunami alert issued.  ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 11, 2019)  Location: Guatemala   Event: Tsunami Warnings  CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional Para la Reducción de Desastres) the National Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness issued the following information, via social media: In reference to the tsunami warnings that have been shared through social media, INSIVUMEH and The Pacific Tsunami ... Read More»

Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding the Resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales

Office of the Press Secretary November 11, 2019 Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding the Resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales The resignation yesterday of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere.  After nearly 14 years and his recent attempt to override the Bolivian constitution and the ... Read More»

Students in San Marcos Get New Schools due to U.S.-Guatemalan Disaster Response Exercise

REF# 2019-26 November 07, 2019 This week the United States Marine Corps’ Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force -Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC), a rapid response force assigned to U.S. Southern Command, completed a five-month joint emergency response exercise.  Over 20 U.S. Marines and Sailors collaborated with the Guatemalan military and civilian authorities to practice how to ... Read More»

The China Challenge

MICHAEL R. POMPEO Secretary of State NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK OCTOBER 30, 2019 MR MURDOCH: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to be here with you tonight to honor a man of many, many achievements and titles: Captain Pompeo, Editor Pompeo, Chief Executive Pompeo, Representative Pompeo, Director Pompeo, Secretary Pompeo, Senator Pompeo. (Laughter and applause.) President ... Read More»

Model Police Precincts in Petén

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga visited two model police precincts in Petén, which are a support initiative of the US Government to contribute to citizen security in Guatemala by strengthening the capabilities of the National Civil Police. The work of these police stations is carried out through four pillars that include monitoring centers, combined patrol activities, ... Read More»

Environmental Preservation Projects in Petén

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga spoke with young birdlife specialists (local youth focusing on studying the local birdlife in their natural environment) and the positive impact of their activity on tourism and the conservation of protected areas in Petén. They received training from USAID Guatemala to generate employment using their talent and knowledge of the protected ... Read More»

Forest Concessions in Petén

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales visited the León Wall Association (AMUL) in Petén, specializing in the marketing of ramón nut, as part of their visit to learn about the Forest Concessions. The marketing of ramón nut is an initiative that takes advantage of the forest to generate income for women’s groups ... Read More»

United States Resumes Targeted U.S. Foreign Assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 16, 2019 Today the Department informed Congress of my intent to resume targeted U.S. foreign assistance funding for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Earlier this year, pursuant to my authority over foreign assistance funds and the direction given to me by President Trump, I directed the Department of State and the United States Agency ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hill

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Salvadoran Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill in Washington, D.C. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Hill discussed the strong partnership between the United States and El Salvador, including supporting democracy in the Western Hemisphere. The Secretary underscored the importance of ... Read More»

Database launch to facilitate the Immigrant Visa application process

Ambassador Arreaga participated in the launch of a database to facilitate the Immigrant Visa application process (Guatemalan citizens seeking to be residents in the U.S.), developed by the Guatemalan Public Ministry and the Consular Section of the Embassy. This database will help simplify the immigrant visa application process, allowing the Guatemalan applicant to request their ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump’s Efforts to Combat the Crisis at Our Southern Border Are Delivering Results

The White House Fact Sheets October 8, 2019 “We have taken very unprecedented action to stop the flow of illegal immigration.” President Donald J. Trump STEMMING THE SURGE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to confront this crisis are delivering results. September saw 52,546 aliens apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the southern border, ... Read More»

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga’s Remarks in Regional Training for the Americas-CDC

Good Afternoon I am deeply grateful for the invitation to join this distinguished group of professionals attending the Centers for Disease Control, Center for Global Health, Regional Training for the Americas. It is also my great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to the great city of Antigua, Guatemala. I understand this Regional training can ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 8, 2019)

Location:  20 municipalities in Guatemala Event:  The Government of Guatemala has announced that the State of Siege continues in all of the municipalities listed below.  Municipalities no longer subject to the State of Siege include Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán in the department of Sololá, and Puerto Barrios and Livingston in the Department of Izabal.  ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 3, 2019)

Location: Izabal (22 municipalities) and Sololá (Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán) Event:  The Government of Guatemala has announced the continuation of the State of Siege for the Department of Izabal, the original 22 municipalities, and has now added the municipalities of Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, in Sololá. Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy has restricted travel ... Read More»

Association of Young Fellows of the State Department (AJEDE) camp

More than 80 members of the Association of Young Fellows of the State Department (AJEDE) met in the capital city to participate in a series of workshops and project planning sessions on economic development and entrepreneurship. The Association has developed more than 60 projects focused on entrepreneurship, citizenship training, citizenship and teaching of the English ... Read More»

Academy of Women Entrepreneurs AWE Conference

As part of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs AWE program, a conference was held with the 67 women participants from Quetzaltenango, Chiquimula, and Guatemala with the aim of strengthening the learning of the course and creating a support network between participants from different departments. USAID Guatemala’s Acting Director, Anupama Rajaraman, interacted with the participants of ... Read More»

Visit of the commanders of Northcom and Southcom to Guatemala

Craig Faller, U.S. Navy Admiral UU., Commander of the US Southern Command UU. (SOUTHCOM), and Terrence O’Shaughnessy, U.S. Air Force General. UU. and commander of the US Northern Command. UU. (NORTHCOM), Guatemala arrived for a two-day visit in which they met with senior officials of the US embassy and military leaders of Guatemala. The visit ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump During Visit to the Border Wall | San Diego, CA

Otay Mesa Border Wall Site San Diego, California September 18, 2019 3:11 P.M. PDT THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, why don’t you start, Kevin?  And this has been a very exciting project, as you know.  It’s — for many years, people have wanted the proper wall and we have a wall that — the likes of which, ... Read More»

Guatemala’s Independence Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO Guatemala’s Independence Day September 14, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my congratulations to the Guatemalan people as you celebrate your nation’s 198th anniversary of independence. The enduring friendship between the United States and Guatemala ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 12, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  Beginning Friday, September 13th through Sunday, September 15th, 2019, expect heavy traffic on all roads throughout Guatemala due to Independence Day celebrations and activities. Celebrations within Guatemala City will begin to impact traffic on Friday, originating from the Obelisco in zone 10.  Participation is expected to number in the tens of thousands.  ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 5, 2019)

Location: Izabal and 22 municipalities in Guatemala Event:  On Wednesday, September 4, 2019 following the deaths of three Guatemalan Marines in Izabal, President Morales announced a State of Siege affecting the Department of Izabal and 22 additional municipalities.  Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy has restricted travel by Embassy personnel to the affected areas effective immediately.  These ... Read More»

SaborUSA presented several leading gastronomic products from the U.S.

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga shared the culinary experience SaborUSA with hundreds of Guatemalans, who presented various leading American products to the local market, as part of the close commercial relationship between the U.S. and Guatemala. The activity is organized by U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer locally some of the best products in the United ... Read More»

Ambassador participated in the inauguration of VisitUSA Travel and Tourism

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga participated in the inauguration of “VisitUSA Travel and Tourism,” which is an event aimed at travel agents, companies that promote tourism to the U.S., and representatives of U.S. destinations, focused mainly on the icon cities of Chicago, New York, and Miami. When you travel to the U.S. legally, with a tourist ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 28, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event: Criminal Records Requirement Change for Guatemalan Residency The Guatemalan Immigration office has recently changed their criminal records requirements to apply for Guatemalan residency.  We encourage American Citizens interested in applying for Guatemalan residency to contact the Dirección General de Migración via http://igm.gob.gt/ or at (502) 2411-2411 to obtain updated information regarding the residency ... Read More»

Creation of the Venezuela Affairs Unit

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE   August 28, 2019 Creation of the Venezuela Affairs Unit The Department of State announces the opening of the Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU), under the leadership of Charge d’Affaires James Story. The VAU is the interim diplomatic office of ... Read More»

U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 3-6, 2019)

Location: Real Intercontinental Hotel (14 Calle 2-51, Zona 10, Guatemala) – Caoba Room Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit, located in San Jose, Costa Rica, will visit Guatemala from September 3 to 6, 2019 to provide services to beneficiaries and answer questions about U.S. Social ... Read More»

U.S. National Security Council’s Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs visits Guatemala

Guatemala City — Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) Mauricio Claver-Carone visited Guatemala for a series of meetings with Guatemalan Government officials, and representatives of the private sector and civil society to discuss the recently signed Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA) between the U.S. ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT August 15, 2019 Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei to congratulate him on his victory in the August 11 election. The ... Read More»

Perdue Statement on Meeting with Guatemalan Ministers

Washington, D.C., August 14, 2019 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today met with a host of Ministers from Guatemala to discuss implementation of the recently signed agreement between the United States and Guatemala to improve H-2A visa program operations. Following the meeting, Secretary Perdue issued the following statement: “America’s farmers and ranchers need a ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 14, 2019)

Location:  Guatemala, countrywide  Event: Increase in cases of dengue fever and hemorrhagic fever. This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Guatemala to an increase in reported cases of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) by the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare to our local office of ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo – Presidential Elections in Guatemala

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson August 12, 2019 The United States congratulates Alejandro Giammattei on his election as the next president of Guatemala.  We commend the people of Guatemala for their participation in a successful, free, fair, and transparent election. The United States shares a deep, historic relationship with Guatemala and looks ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 9, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  Guatemala will hold the second round of presidential elections on Sunday, August 11, 2019.  We wish to remind U.S. Citizens to be aware that demonstrations and sporadic acts of violence are possible in the days leading up to, during and after the election. While most demonstrations in Guatemala have been peaceful and ... Read More»

Bipartisan delegation of the United States Congress visited Guatemala

A bipartisan delegation of the United States Congress, headed by the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi and made up of 13 congressmen, arrived in Guatemala to meet with various sectors of the country and discuss bilateral cooperation. The delegation met with representatives of civil society, government, international organizations and the private sector. ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 5, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  The Comite de Desarollo Campesino (CODECA) is calling for national strikes in the form of road blockages and demonstrations/marches on August 6, 2019, starting in the early morning.  The strikes are expected to impact travel throughout the country, including Guatemala City.  Below is a list of potential road blockage locations.  CODECA leaders ... Read More»

Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to Guatemala City

Release Date:  July 31, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan arrived in Guatemala City, Guatemala to meet with officials regarding the implementation of a number of initiatives to help stem the flow of irregular migration through Guatemala. During his trip, the Acting Secretary will meet with officials from the ... Read More»

A Bold New Approach to Reduce Irregular Migration

By Luis E. Arreaga, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala The United States and Guatemala have long enjoyed a close relationship centered on our shared pursuit of mutual interests.  For decades, we have supported Guatemala’s return to democracy and helped to strengthen rule of law.  We have collaborated to increase prosperity by working with governments past and ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Labor and Guatemala Sign Joint Memorandum of Agreement to Improve H-2A Visa Program

News Release U.S. Department of Labor | July 30, 2019 WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today signed a bi-lateral cooperative agreement with Guatemala to facilitate increased transparency, accountability, and worker safety in the H-2A nonimmigrant visa program for temporary agricultural workers from Guatemala. Through this agreement, the Guatemalan government will provide additional ... Read More»

International Parental Child Abduction

Guatemala is a signatory to the Vienna Convention on Child Abduction.  To request information on problems related to child custody or an international child custody lawsuit, please contact the following office: Office of Children Affairs Department of State Office of Children’s Issues (CA / OCS / CI) 2201 C Street, N.W. SA-22, Room 2100 Washington, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Safe Third Country Agreement with Guatemala

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 26, 2019 Oval Office 3:48 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much for being here.  We appreciate it. I’m thrilled to be with a very important man in Guatemala, the Minister Enrique Degenhart.  And we are doing a very important signing.  ... Read More»

Visit to “Beyond the Horizon” exercise in Huehuetenango

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga visited Huehuetenango together with the President of the Government of Guatemala, the Commissioner of PRONACOM, and the Minister of Defense, to learn about the progress of the exercise “Beyond The Horizon 2019,” a training between the U.S. Army  and the Guatemalan Army to respond to natural disasters. Members of the U.S. ... Read More»

Joint Statement Between the U.S. Government and the Government of Guatemala

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Office of Public Affairs July 22, 2019 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Government and the Government of Guatemala continue to make important progress on a comprehensive regional approach to addressing irregular migration patterns. The two countries are currently cooperating on several initiatives to reduce the flow of irregular migration and ensure ... Read More»

Access alumni from Cobán met with Ambassador Arreaga

During his visit to Alta Verapaz, Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga met alumni of the Access English program, who shared their their entrepreneurship projects and their success stories with him. The parents of these young people, who participate in the different English programs supported by the State Department, shared with the Ambassador how the integral training ... Read More»

Ambassador attends Rabín Ajaw’s election

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga visited Cobán where he attended the election event of Rabín Ajaw, Daughter of the King. During his speech, he recognized the enormous potential of this event to promote an inclusive democracy that respects cultural diversity. The Ambassador emphasized the importance of working with indigenous communities to increase the country’s prosperity. We ... Read More»

Course closing “Women in Engineering”

The “Women in Engineering” course organized by the University of Valle de Guatemala with support from the USA, included the participation of young women between 15 and 17 years of age form educational institutions from Xela, Sololá, Quiché, Coban and municipalities near Guatemala City. The course was taught by Medeline Hickman and Maha Haji from ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Jimmy Morales of the Republic of Guatemala

The White House Office of the Press Secretary President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Jimmy Morales of the Republic of Guatemala to the White House on July 15, 2019.  President Trump and President Morales will discuss ways to create a more robust relationship focused on addressing migration and security priorities.  The two leaders will ... Read More»

Commemoration of U.S. Independence Day

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga celebrated U.S. Independence Day at a special civic ceremony of the Municipality of Guatemala, together with Mayor Ricardo Quiñonez and 600 students from various educational centers, where he spoke about the long friendship between Guatemala and the U.S., and the democratic values shared by both nations. The Ambassador emphasized the importance ... Read More»

TAC program graduation

15 alumni from the Access and SEAL programs graduated from the TAC program (Teacher Assistant Certification) where they learned about planning frameworks, interaction language, and learning cycle methodology to better their techniques as English teachers in Guatemala. TAC helps alumni get opportunities by teaching English, which allows them to continue their university studies, contribute to ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  READOUT July 2, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Today Secretary Michael R. Pompeo called Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido to commemorate the anniversary of Venezuela’s independence on July 5th and express the United States’ unwavering support for Guaido, the National Assembly, and the ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier at the Plenary Session of the 49th OAS General Assembly

U.S Department of State Kimberly Breier, Assistant Secretary Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Medellin, Colombia June 27, 2019 Thank you very much. I’d like to thank President Duque, Secretary General Almagro, and your respective teams for organizing this 49th General Assembly of the Organization of American States. We appreciate your strong and tireless leadership.   ... Read More»

Ambassador Arreaga and members of the international community participate as Electoral Observers

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga, Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge and members of the diplomatic team of the U.S. Embassy formed 28 teams of observers who went to the voting centers of different departments of Guatemala to support a free and fair electoral exercise and participate in the citizenship of the Guatemalans who arrive at ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 13, 2019)

Location: Guatemala  Event:  Guatemala will hold the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, June 16, 2019.  We wish to remind U.S. Citizens to be aware that demonstrations and sporadic acts of violence are possible in the days leading up to, during and after the election.  While most demonstrations in Guatemala have been peaceful and ... Read More»

U.S. Marine Task Force deploys to Guatemala and Latin America

REF# 2019-14 June 13, 2019 Approximately 30 U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC), the natural disaster rapid response force assigned to U.S. Southern Command, will arrive in Guatemala on June 14 for a five-month joint training exercise in how to provide humanitarian assistance during a natural ... Read More»

Restoring Fundamental Freedoms in Nicaragua

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON June 12, 2019 The recent release of more than 100 Nicaraguan citizens who were imprisoned for exercising their fundamental freedoms means that these Nicaraguans, who have sacrificed greatly in the struggle for genuine democracy in Nicaragua, will be reunited with their families and ... Read More»

Pairing wine and meat from the United States

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF) conducted an activity to raise awareness of the variety and quality of wines and cuts of meat from the United States available in the Guatemalan market . Under the SABOR USA logo, USDA supports agricultural exporters in the United States to ... Read More»

Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives – (July 15-19, 2019)

Location: INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) building – 7a. Ave. 1-17, Zone 4 – First Floor Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit, located in San Jose, Costa Rica, will visit Guatemala from July 15 to July 19, 2019 to provide services to beneficiaries and answer ... Read More»

Treasury and Commerce Implement Changes to Cuba Sanctions Rules

U.S Department of the Treasury Press Releases June 4, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) unveiled amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to further implement the President’s foreign policy on Cuba. These amendments complement changes to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and ... Read More»

United States Restricts Travel & Vessels to Cuba

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson June 4, 2019 Today, the United States took strong action to prevent U.S. travel to Cuba from enriching the Cuban military, security, and intelligence services by announcing new restrictions on authorized travel and vessels to the island. Going forward, the United States will prohibit U.S. travelers from ... Read More»

On the 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo On June 4, we honor the heroic protest movement of the Chinese people that ended on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese Communist Party leadership sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to violently repress peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights, and an end ... Read More»

Statement by the President Donald Trump to celebrate LGBT Pride Month

The White House Office of the Press Secretary June 1, 2019 Statement from the President As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions that LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, ... Read More»

Proclamation on National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2019

The White House Office of the Press Secretary May 31, 2019 During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we acknowledge the significant ways Caribbean Americans have shaped our culture and heritage. Americans with roots in the Caribbean have greatly enriched our society, contributing to the arts, business, journalism, technology, government, religion, the military, sports, and many other ... Read More»

Visit by DHS Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kevin K. McAleenan visited Guatemala to participate in bilateral and multilateral meetings with government officials representing the Northern Triangle countries, indigenous leaders, and civil society, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector of the United States and Guatemalan business leaders. The meetings highlighted the main causes driving ... Read More»

Acting Secretary McAleenan Travels to Guatemala for Northern Triangle Ministerial

May 28, 2019 WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan is in Guatemala this week to participate in bilateral and multilateral meetings with government officials representing Northern Triangle countries, local civic and indigenous leaders, non-governmental organizations, and U.S. private sector and Guatemalan business leaders. The meetings will highlight the ... Read More»

YLAI Summit 2019

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – YLAI fellows Ana María Vásquez and Víctor Juárez in collaboration with Rafael Landívar University, Meridian, and ProjectWow, organized a conference with business experts from Google, ImpactJunkie, and LaunchBoom to connect Guatemalan entrepreneurs and generate new alliances. In his speech, Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga urged attendees to take advantage ... Read More»

Overseas Security Advisory Council Annual Conference

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the Annual Conference of the Overseas Security Advisory Council OSAC to address the region’s security challenges. This conference brings together security experts from this Embassy with AmCham Guatemala members and public / private sector professionals to discuss common challenges in the Northern Triangle and Belize. The ... Read More»

100K Strong Innovation Fund in the Americas Reception

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga offered a reception to celebrate new grants from the 100K Strong Innovation Fund in the Americas. Thanks to Cementos Progreso, university projects will be developed in engineering, natural resources, environment, adaptation to climate change, ecotourism, and others. Alliances such as the Innovation Fund with Guatemalan companies are vital to increase connectivity ... Read More»

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga’s Remarks in the sixth Teacher Training Sessions

6 de abril 2019 Señora Representante de la Junta Directiva de la Facultad de Humanidades, Licenciada Maria Elvira Orozco de García; Jefe de la Sección de Idiomas, Licenciado Francisco Puac; Señores presentadores y docentes del sexto Teacher Training Sessions de la Ciudad de Guatemala, Buenos días. What a great pleasure to be here with so ... Read More»

China’s New Road in the Americas: Beyond Silk and Silver

Kimberly Breier Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Washington, DC April 26, 2019 Thank you, Eric, and thank you to the Council for hosting me today. It’s a great honor for me to be here and to give these first remarks as Eric noted. This is a conversation that could not be more timely. ... Read More»

World Press Freedom Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO May 3, 21019 On World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting safety and freedom for members of the press.  A free and independent media is indispensable to a vibrant, functioning democracy.  Despite some progress, journalists around the world continue to be ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump stands for democracy in Venezuela

Office of the Press Secretary May 1, 2019 “The people of Venezuela are standing for freedom and democracy, and the United States of America is standing right by their side.” – President Donald J. Trump RESTORING DEMOCRACY AND PROSPERITY: President Donald J. Trump supports Interim President Guaido and the Venezuelan people in their fight for ... Read More»

Visit to the first Intermediate House of the New Correctional Model for Youth

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with President Morales and the First Lady in a visit to the first Intermediate House of the New Correctional Model for Youth in San José Pinula, implemented by the Secretary of Social Welfare of the Presidency. The Intermediate House is the first its kind in Central America that represents a New ... Read More»

Meeting with Pronacom and the private sector

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and members of the private sector learned about the discussions held by the Commissioner of Pronacom, Víctor Asturias, with the indigenous authorities of the highlands where they presented their concerns and proposals to improve the scope of the Alliance for Prosperity Plan. He also urged representatives of the private sector to collaborate ... Read More»

Security Alert – As a precaution, official approval is required for Embassy personnel to travel to the Huehuetenango and San Marcos Departments

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 29,  2019)  Location: Huehuetenango and San Marcos Departments  Event:  As a precaution, official approval is required for Embassy personnel to travel to the Huehuetenango and San Marcos Departments due to on-going security concerns.  Embassy operations are normal. Actions to Take: Review your personal security ... Read More»

Join the YLAI Challenge

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Network empowers Guatemalan entrepreneurs to develop the skills necessary for their companies to grow and strengthen their communities. Through this tool, the US government offers training and contacts to transform their societies. We invite Guatemalan entrepreneurs to join the YLAI Network. Belonging to this Network allows people ... Read More»

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund: New Winners and Visionary Partners

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 20, 2019 On Tuesday, March 19, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Kimberly Breier, celebrated the fifth-year milestone of the  100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund , the Department of State’s signature education initiative that links U.S. universities with higher-education institutions in the Western Hemisphere. At the event, Assistant Secretary Breier ... Read More»

International Jazz Festival 2019

American artists Jamie Ousley & Florida International University Jazz Faculty Band accompanied by Rosse Aguilar Barrascout, Guatemalan saxophonist, participated in the 19th IGA Jazz Festival. As part of our support for cultural activities, the Public Affairs Section organized visits by the American artists who, in addition to participating in public events such as this festival, ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Hodge visits Del Monte facilities in Izabal

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge visited Del Monte Fresh Produce facilities in the department of Izabal, where he learned about the banana planting process and the operation of this company, which is key in creating more and better job opportunities. During his visit to Del Monte, the Deputy Chief of Mission learned about the ... Read More»

Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 15, 2019) Location: Quetzaltenango Event: Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in Quetzaltenango on March 27 and 28.  Please schedule an appointment if you wish to submit an application for a passport ... Read More»

Guatemalan Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Prior Deportation

Attempted to enter Meskwaki Casino using fraudulent identification Tuesday, March 12, 2019 A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to almost four months in federal prison. Victor Morales-Suar, age 42, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Marshalltown, Iowa, received the ... Read More»

Launching: Foreign National Student Intern Program (FNSIP) for Embassy

The purpose of the FNSIP is to offer foreign national students accepted into the program the unique opportunity of experiencing a foreign affairs work environment.  It is designed for students who are non-U.S. citizens seeking internships with U.S. Embassies outside the U.S.  This program benefits both the U.S. Embassy and students by providing the non-U.S. ... Read More»

Visit of Rear Admiral Peter Gautier of the U.S. Coast Guard

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Rear Admiral Peter Gautier of the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest met with representatives of the Guatemalan Army to discuss the benefits of a safe and prosperous maritime environment and the commitment of US support to the Guatemalan Navy for its continuous development. International collaboration plays an important role in anti-narcotics ... Read More»

Inauguration of the Access and SEAL programs

More than 500 students from the departments of Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Chichicastenango, Sololá, Cobán, Chiquimula, and Guatemala started classes in the Department of State-sponsored English Micro-scholarship Access and SEAL program, with which they will acquire tools to strengthen their capacities and increase their skills to create prosperity. The parents of the students participated in the inauguration ... Read More»

USAID’s “Dynamic Leaders Closing Gaps” Forum on International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the forum “Dynamic Leaders Closing Gaps” that celebrates advances and contributions from the U.S. and its development partners in favor of women and their efforts for a more inclusive society with prosperity, security and good governance in Guatemala. “The efforts have been positive, but ... Read More»